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Release: Oct. 23, 2001

UI student government’s pilot recycling program is approved

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) has received approval from the UI Campus Planning Committee to implement its pilot recycling program, which encourages the reprocessing of used plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

After more than a year of planning, the UISG will soon begin placing collection bins near the entrances to the Lindquist Center and Macbride Hall. Funds allocated from the Environmental Coalition and $8,000 apportioned from the UI's contract with Coca-Cola will be used to support the program. The number of recycling locations is expected to be increased next year, along with an additional program for the dorms.

The pilot program will expand the current paper products-only recycling program to include plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Volunteers will collect the materials from the bins three times per week for subsequent transfer to the City Carton recycling facility.

Nick Klenske, UISG president, said the program was necessary because the university should allow students the opportunity to recycle.

“The program will allow students that come from a background of recycling to continue their habits. It will be a success if it encourages people to recycle. Its success will also be based on how smoothly the volunteer part goes," he said.

For more information, contact UISG or UISG President Nick Klenske at 335-3860 or nick-klenske@uiowa.edu.