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In 1 981 , as a first-year U-M student living in EastQuad, I wassurprised to find itwasn't possible to recycle newspapers on campus. Although the concept of recycling had been around for a while, it certainly hadn't caught on at the U. I heard about Recycle Ann Arbor - then a small organizaron with just a couple of trucks, run by a handful of environmentalists and housed at the Ecology Center. I called them and said I was willing to organize a recycling effort among East Quad residents if they would put us on their pickup route. They agreed. I rounded up student volunteers on each hall, and each week we collected papers and brought them down to the basement loading doek. Despite hassles from the U-M Housing Dept (they were afraid we'd créate a mess) and occasional turnover of "hall captains," we succeeded in bringing recycling to a small part of the U-M campus. Students arriving in Ann Arbor this fall will find a much different picture. There are now sophisticated recycling programs on-campus and throughout the city. The U-M Recycling Program reports that during the 91-92 school year, residence halls collectively recycled 33 tons of office paper, 1 60 tons of cardboard and 1 09 tons of newspapers. The dormitory cafeterías recycled 55 tons of glass, cans and plastic (combined) . Whether you live on or off campus, if s easy to recycle a wide variety of materials - right where you live! Here's what you can recycle and how. U-M Recycling Recycling now occurs all across the university - in residence halls (for students and dining services), family housing, and university academie buildings. Recyclable materials include white office paper, mixed office paper, newspaper, corrugated cardboard (the kind with squiggly bumps between two flat layers), glass bottles, metal (steel or aluminum) cans, #2 HDPE plastic jugs, and wood pallets. Recycling in university buildings and dorms is made easy by the placement of special containers (for office paper and newspaper) near garbage cans. There are larger containers or dumpsters located at each building's loading doek, where building custodians bring materials from throughout the building. (If you take your newspapers direcdy to the loading doek, they must be placed in a tied, plastic bag - this way they can be easily sorted from office paper and cardboard.) In residence halls, non-returnable bottles and cans and #2 plastics can be recycled in the carts at the loading doek. Mixing inappropriate items in bins creates problems, and sometimes a whole bin-ful must be tossed in the trash. Therefore, please sort carefully! The onfy acceptable items for newspaper bins are newspaper, newspaper inserts (including glossy inserts), and U-M Time Schedules. Do not place any other paper product or cardboard in these bins! The following items are acceptable in the mixed office paper bins: computer printouts; colored office paper; copier paper; flyers; letterhead paper; manila folders and other card stock; non-window envelopes; notebook paper; paperclips, staples, and rubberbands; stationery; and white oryellow legal paper. Unacceptable items are: campus mail and other manila envelopes; carbon paper; cardboard; fax paper; glossy paper; hanging file folders; magazines; napkins; newspapers; plastic; post-it notes; ream wrappers; string; shredded paper; and window envelopes. Curbside recycling is available for Northwood Family Housing residents. There are two curb-carts in each parking lot. One is for newspapers and bundled magazines. The other cart is for mixed containers (bottles, cans & plastic). When recycling cans, rinse the can, remove the label, and remove both lids. Then flatten. Makesure the plastic is designated #2. Plastic jug lids and labels from cans, l'm sorry tosay, must go in the trash. Re-use programs, run by University Stores, will exchange used laser printer toner cartridges and take back styrofoam peanuts used in packing. Cali them at 998-7070 for more information. An important time for recycling comes at the end of the school year, when U-M students move out of dormitories. In the most recent move-out students left behind nearly 1 60 tons of refuse. Through the Student Move-Out effort, 30 tons (1 9%) of it was diverted from the landfill and either recycled or donated to local charities. Students can dispense of food, toiletries, clothing, deposit cans and bottles, household items, carpets, loftwood, and furniture through this program. Watch for details on the spring of '94 move-out. U-M Recycling is limited in what items it takes, by what local processers or end manufacturers will accept. Some items it cannot yet accept include cereal boxes, juice boxes, plastics other than #2, and styrofoam. U-M recycling is about to start accepting magazines - watch for details. Cali the U-M Recycling Office at 763-5539 or more information. Off-Campus (Ann Arbor) Recycling Recycling in AnnArbor has come of age in the 90s, with weekly curbside pick-up service and specialissue recycling bins - every household has been given its own! The rules are pretty straightforward. You have two bins: one marked "newspaper" and the other marked "containers." You place the appropriate items in each bin and put the bins out on the curb next to your trash cans on your regular trash pick-up day. In the newspaper bin you put - you guessed it - newspaper! Just make sure it's not yellowed, wet, or once-wet (even if it's dry now). You can also place corrugated cardboard, glossy magazines (and ads), and brown paper bags in this bin. Magazines must tied into bundies (no larger than 6") with cotton or jute string or stuffed into a sealed, brown paper bag. Cardboard must be bundled or stuffed into brown paper bags. Brown paper bags must also be stuffed into a brown paper bag. Unacceptable items include: gray, waxed, oily, or cereal box cardboard; egg cartons; and cardboard milk cartons. In the "containers" bin you can place glass bottles and jars, cans (including lids), aluminum foil, and #2 plastic jugs. Remove lids of glass containers and rinse thoroughly. Only food and beverage containers are acceptable - no ceramic, window glass, pyrex, mirrors, or drinking glasses! Cans must also be rinsed. In addition, (as in the UM rules) remove the label and lids and flatten. Aluminum foil must also be flattened. Do not put paint or aerosol cans, hangers, wire, scrap metal, or plastic lids in this bin. Plastic jugs must be rinsed and flattened (throw away the lids). Only milk or laundry jugs are acceptable (not even other #2 plastic containers). Other items may be recycled by placing them next to the bins. One such item is corrugated cardboard too large to fit into the newspaper bin. It should be flattened and tied into bundies no larger than 3' x 2' x 6". Another item is used motor oil. This must be contained in tightly-sealed, see-through plastic jugs with screwtop or securely taped lids. Household batteries can be recycled by placing them in a clear plastic bag. No leaky batteries are accepted. Recycle Ann Arbor also operates a Drop-Off Station at 2050 S. Industrial. They accept all of the curbside recyclables as well as sorted office paper (white and colored), computer paper, car batteries (not leaky) and scrap metal. They are open Wed.-Fri. from noon-7 pm, Sat. from 9 am-5 pm, and Sun. from noon-5 pm. For further information about Recycle Ann Arbor services cali 971-9676. For curbside pick-up information cali 971-7400.


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