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Release: Jan. 29, 2002

Ribbon Cutting for UISG recycling program

At a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 30, the University of Iowa Student Government will mark the official start of the Pilot Recycling Program, a UISG and UI Environmental Coalition initiative to determine whether the UI's current recycling program should be expanded to include plastic bottles. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. on the Lindquist Center Plaza, located on Madison Avenue and just east of the Main Library. Invited participants include UI President Mary Sue Coleman, as well as UISG and coalition representatives.

In a statement announcing the event, Nick Klenske, UISG president, said "the ceremony will be the product of a lot of hard work by many dedicated people. We see it as the kick-off of making the program work and making recycling a more integral part of life at the UI."

The pilot program initially will consist of seven recycling bins that will be located inside the Lindquist Center and Macbride Hall. Currently, only recyclable cans, office paper and newspapers are collected as part of the UI's recycling program. Data about the bottle collection will be maintained and used to determine whether the program should be expanded and made permanent on the UI campus.