Auburn University students recycled more than 15 tons of cardboard after unpacking their belongings into dormitories during Move-In Mania 2013 at the Alabama campus.
Eighteen trash and recycling stations were set up throughout the four housing areas to make it easier for students to dispose of trash, divert recyclables from landfills, and do their part to conserve resources.
“A simple way for residents to reduce their environmental impact is to recycle,” Virginia Koch, the director of residence life, said in a statement. “This year students really demonstrated their commitment by recycling over 30,000 pounds of cardboard during move-in.”
The National Retail Federation says families are spending an average of $836.83 this year on back-to-college supplies and electronics, clothing and shoes. Many of the items come in cardboard boxes.
In addition to cardboard, Auburn University’s recycling program accepts mixed paper, No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles, and aluminum and steel cans.
In all, during Move-In Mania, more than 77 tons of material was collected and 20 percent was recycled.
September 5, 2013
By Catherine Kavanaugh