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Have You Herd? September 2010 WTAMU Turns Greener

WTAMU Turns Greener with Recycling Program

Things are getting a bit greener at West Texas A&M University.

Officials at WTAMU are going to green up the campus through a pilot recycling program, beginning with paper collection in offices and departments throughout Old Main. The program will be expanded to other campus building with hopes of having the entire University involved in paper recycling by the end of the fall semester.

“KB Recycling came to us with a recycling plan,” Gary Barnes, vice president for business, said. “We are very excited and very encouraged that this is a great partnership we will have with these folks.”

Recycling isn’t new to campus. Many of the University’s construction projects involve a tremendous amount of recycling. Metal and other materials are recycled, and many fixtures and furnishings have been recycled for use in third-world classrooms. The University has been involved with other green projects in previous years but those were stopped when the recycling partner went out of business. The new partnership with KB Recycling gives the University the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate recycling in offices and classrooms across campus.

WTAMU is one of more than 60 companies using KB Recycling services. Chris Bunnett, president and chief executive officer for KB Recycling, feels that making recycling convenient for residences and businesses will encourage more people to do their part. And his recycling services at WTAMU will definitely be convenient.

The company has delivered 220 bins for classrooms, office areas and copier rooms in Old Main. The bins are designed for the collection of all types of paper—office paper, newspaper, junk mail and magazines—and no sorting is required. KB Recycling will come by every Monday for pick up. Bins will be distributed to other campus locations throughout the fall semester, and plans are to expand the recycling program to plastic and aluminum collection in the spring.

“People want to recycle, but they want someone else to do it for them,” Barnes said. “Our faculty, staff and students are going to have to be engaged in tossing in the recycling bins instead of tossing things in the trash. It will take a little bit of education, but I think people will be excited about it, and it will make a major impact to our environment.”



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