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Tarleton to expand recycling efforts

Tarleton State University

Monday, April 21, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton will celebrate Earth Day April 22 by kicking off a large-scale expansion of its recycling efforts.

“We’re going to be placing 400 containers for recycling in every building across campus, starting on Earth Day” said Hector Davis, Tarleton’s environmental health and safety coordinator. “And outside, we’re removing all the trash barrels and replacing them with trash/recycle receptacles.”

Davis and other members of the Environmental Advisory Council will be at the Barry B. Thompson Student Center from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to talk to students and others about the importance of sustainability programs and recycling.

While Tarleton has been recycling some material, mostly paper and cardboard, in the past, the number of new bins and their easy accessibility will greatly increase the amount of recycled items, Davis said.

All materials collected on campus are transported to the Tarleton Recycling Center near the college farm for processing. Materials accepted at the center include paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans and other metals. All funds generated from the sale of the recyclables go back into the program to expand efforts even further, he added.

Davis noted that the new recycling bins are themselves made with recycled materials—milk jugs—and are built with 100 percent renewable energy. Each bin will be marked with the number of milk jugs that went into its manufacture.

“First of all, [the recycling expansion] is the right thing to do,” Davis said. “It’s part of the Strategic Plan to increase our sustainability initiatives across campus. And we want to divert as much waste from the landfill as possible.”


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Joe Michael Feist

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