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Presidential Recycling

Mission of Green

Student Moveout
Acts of Green

Second Life

Styro Recycle

Published: August 18, 2011

UW Recycling & Solid Waste welcomes you to the first online edition of R4 News! This quarterly publication aims to inform, educate and inspire the UW community about its ongoing recycling, composting and waste diversion efforts. R4 News takes "reduce, reuse, recycle" to the next leveleach of us rethinking how we use and dispose of material. Together, we can bring about change that benefits our University and our planet.

Top News  

President's Office Adopts MiniMax
On June 29th, UW expanded its MiniMax program to include Gerberding Hall.

The office of new president Michael Young was among 190 offices and workstations in Gerberding that received the MiniMax system to replace traditional garbage cans. Gerberding is also home to the Office of the Provost, Office of External Affairs, University Advancement and others.

  Husky Green Award 

A Mission of Green
UW Recycling & Solid Waste was recently awarded the 2011 Husky Green award.

The award, sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, recognizes UW individuals and groups who demonstrate leadership, initiative and dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Recycling & Solid Waste joined two students, one employee and a student association to receive the award during the 2011 Earth Day celebration in Red Square.

  SCRAM Donation Station 

Don't Cram it... SCRAM it!
UW’s annual SCRAM helps students and the community.

In June 2011, UW Recycling & Solid Waste held its 8th annual SCRAM event (Student Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout)—the charity drive that collects donatable materials from residence hall students during spring quarter finals week. As students begin to sort through belongings for the journey home, SCRAM collects their discarded reusable goods, such as food, books, clothing, household items, school supplies, toiletries and electronics, to donate to charitable organizations.

  Earth Day Event 

A Billion Acts of Green
UW has been recognized for its collected "acts of green" inspired by Earth Day 2011.

Initiated by the Earth Day Network, the 2011 Billion Acts of Green challenge sought to inspire individuals to take extra steps toward Earth-friendly and sustainable practices. Recycling & Solid Waste teamed up with the Office of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability to engage students and promote acts of green.

  Talking Trash 

Giving Waste a Second Life
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... Everyone knows the phrase.

Everyone also knows that we each need to reduce our waste to sustain a healthy planet. But did you know that the University of Washington actually recycles more than it throws away? UW has an award-winning Recycling & Solid Waste program with a current diversion rate of 58%. That is, the University is diverting 58% of its waste from local landfills toward businesses and organizations that give materials a second life.

  MiniMax Installation 

Styrofoam Recycling Expands at UW
Love it or hate it, Styrofoam is everywhere.

Since its introduction in 1954, Styrofoam (the common name for foamed polystyrene) has permeated as a low-cost, lightweight material with a wide array of uses. It is easy to make, can be formed in any shape, resists moisture, resists light and insulates temperature. With so much value, it can be hard to remember why Styrofoam is such a bad thing. For two reasons: it’s toxic and it never goes away.