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U-M to celebrate day of recycling in big way

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, and if U-M's recycling coordinator Sarah Archer has anything to do with it, it will be a day to remember on the Ann Arbor campus.

Recycling staffers lean against a mountain of clothes, bedding, shoes and other items collected during a student move-out. Waste Management Services donated the materials to charities. Shown are Jane Reading-Boyd, left, Jon Kazmierski and Sarah Archer. (File photo)

Archer, as the outreach chair for the Michigan Recycling Coalition, also is the statewide coordinator for the national event. She has planned a full series of activities to inform, entertain and inspire the campus community to incorporate the recycling mottoReduce, Reuse, Recycleinto their daily lives.

As a lead-in to the big day, Archer and her staff put "Buy Recycled" signs in University buses at the beginning of October. A couple of weeks ago "Buy Recycled" messages began appearing on kiosks and on notice boards around campus. The Michigan-Michigan State game featured an America Recycles Day promotion, with tables set up at all the gates to give away recycled blue jean denim pencils and to take entries in a contest to guess how many recyclable bottles have been collected this season.

Here are some of the events scheduled on or near America Recycles Day:

Nov. 8: Plant Operations and Plant Extension-Architecture, Engineering and Construction will have a Green Clean day. The entire day will be dedicated to cleaning
office and storage spaces, recycling old files and other items, setting up a reuse room for unwanted equipment, and getting rid of years of accumulated junk. "It's great to have one designated day for organizing and cleaning the building; otherwise we just never get around to it," Archer says. To set up a Green Clean day for your building, call Waste Management Services at (734) 763-5539.

Nov. 13: Issues of the Environment, 8:20 a.m. Listen to Sarah Archer on WEMU (89.1 FM) as she discusses local and state America Recycles Day events with "Issues of the Environment" host David Fair.

Nov. 14: America Recycles Day, 10 a.m.­4 p.m., North Campus Commons Atrium. Peruse the educational displays, check out the many recycled content products available to handle and test, play fun games, and pick up free stuff.

Nov. 15: America Recycles Day, 10 a.m.­4 p.m., Koessler Room (3rd floor), Michigan League. See Nov. 14 for details.

Nov. 15: Buying Green Workshop, 12:15­12:45 p.m., Koessler Room (3rd floor), Michigan League. Take a break from the fair to learn how you can be an environmentally smart buyer, at work and at home. Visitors will find out how to identify and assess recycled content products, learn where to shop for them, and get tips on how to be a "green" shopper.

Nov. 15: Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Tour, 1:30­3:30 p.m. See how recyclables are delivered, sorted and processed for shipment at this special U-M tour of the city of Ann Arbor's MRF, where more than 100 tons of recyclables are processed every day. This tour is open to U-M students, faculty and staff. Capacity is limited, so please call before Nov. 11 to reserve space, at (734) 763-5539.

For information about these and other America Recycles Day events around the state and country, visit Visitors will have a chance to pledge support for recycling and enter a contest to win a Trek aluminum bike donated by the Aluminum Can Association.

More recycling stories:
Recycling: How to talk the talk>
How to buy green at Michigan>
Buying green completes recycling loop>
New and improved BuyGreen Web site to come online soon>

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