The University Record, November 6, 2000

U celebrates America Recycles Day

By Sarah Archer
Recycling Coordinator

The University will continue its tradition of raising public awareness of recycling and buying products with recycled content through America Recycles Day events.

For the third year, fans at Michigan Stadium will have the opportunity to receive an official America Recycles Day souvenir, sign a pledge card to recycle and purchase recycled content products, and take a guess at how many bottles have been recycled at the stadium this season.

The new bottle recycling program came about as a result of a waste assessment at the stadium in conjunction with America Recycles Day in 1998. The need for the program became apparent as Stadium concessions increased sales of bottled water and soft drinks. On average, two tons of plastic bottles are collected each game. Along with the cardboard recycling program, now in its sixth season, the overall recycling program reduces the volume of game-day waste by one-third.

Pledge cards and souvenirs will be available at the America Recycles Day tables located at all main gates during the Penn State game Nov. 11.

Waste Management Services will host an open house at its new offices 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Nov. 15. Visitors will have an opportunity to view educational displays, receive promotional gifts and enjoy light refreshments. America Recycles Day pledge cards also will be available.

All pledge cards received by Nov. 20 will be entered in a national drawing for the American Green Dream House on Dec. 15. The Green Dream House is a brand new three bedroom, two-and-one-half bath home built with recycled and energy efficient materials. Drawings also will be held for state and local prizes. Pledges can be made on the Web at www.americarecyclesday.org.

For more information, call (734) 764-1601 or send e-mail to smarcher@umich.edu.