Universities challenge throw-away culture

Planet Forward at GW

Many campuses across America are striving to achieve zero waste during move out.

Planet Forward at GW
March 9, 2018
By Bryce Johnson, University of Mississippi

According to the “zero waste” perspective, literally everything created, used, and discarded can be recovered through recycling, compost, reuse, or donation. The movement centers around three goals: diverting waste from landfills, educating the community, and assisting those in need.

Handling literal tons takes a lot of manpower. Universities often log up to 400 volunteer hours. Although volunteers are critical, they “are not a reliable resource,” says Alec Cooley, director of recycling programs for Keep America Beautiful.

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