In 1970, UW students held the first “Trash-In” on campus to emphasize the waste associated with American life. They collected trash from around campus and separated it into categories, returning recyclable materials to the original producers for reprocessing. Today, the UW Trash-In aims to increase public awareness about how much recyclable or compostable material is still being thrown away on campus.
Trash-In 2011 will take place on April 13 at the Bryants Building Annex. Partnering with Custodial Services, Recycling & Solid Waste will receive one day’s worth of trash from 8 designated campus buildings and sort it into categories that mirror the streams currently collected on campus:
- Mixed containers (including cans, bottles, plastic dairy tubs, aseptic packaging, and drink cartons)
- Mixed paper (including cardboard)
- Compostables (including food scraps and compostable serviceware)
- Other recyclables (including plastic film, Styrofoam peanuts, e.Media, and surplus items)