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"Hands On" Campus Garbage Audit on Earth Day at Hudson Valley Community College
Waste audit to help inform future recycling efforts on campus

CONTACT: Eric Bryant or Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 17, 2008

WHO/WHAT: Led by the campus Recycling Committee, college students and staff at Hudson Valley Community College will be "dissecting" garbage bags from dumpsters around campus to discover the content of the college's waste stream.

Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22 -- students will be sorting through garbage bags at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


The Student Pavilion, located in front of Hudson Hall on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.


Over the last year and a half, the campus' Recycling Committee has dramatically expanded recycling efforts on campus, but the committee needs to know more about the composition and quantity of campus garbage to move forward with future projects. A waste audit is the only way to get the necessary data. On Earth Day 2008, volunteers will be asked to sort and weigh a sample of the college's waste.

Randomly selected bags from the college's four dumpsters will be dumped on plastic tarps, and volunteers, protected with gloves and booties, will sort the garbage into different waste categories: high grade paper, low grade paper, plastics, glass and metals, beverage containers, cardboard, compostable waste and trash. After sorting, the weight and volume of each category will be recorded. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn what solid waste can and cannot be recycled.