On the Radio: Students push for off-campus recycling

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Nicolas Raymond / Flickr
December 1, 2014

This week’s On the Radio segment looks at recent efforts at one Iowa university to increase recycling options for students living off campus. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for a transcript.

Transcript: Off-campus recycling

Students at one Iowa university are trying to bring their campus’ culture of recycling to the rest of the city.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The University of Iowa Student Government is seeking to make recycling easier in area apartments used by students at the UI. While receptacles for recycling cardboard, aluminum and plastic are widely available in UI dormitories and facilities, students are often disappointed to find much more limited options when they move off campus.

The UISG Sustainability Committee is hoping to change that by developing a petition to be signed by students and other residents who wish to see better recycling options in their neighborhoods. These changes would add minimal costs to apartment complexes, while having the potential to drastically increase recycling in Iowa City. Reports show that almost half of Iowa City’s population lacks recycling options in living spaces.

For more information about recycling, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.


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