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Trash, recycling efforts keep campus clean

In reply to Ms. Weinberg's letter regarding U-M's trash policy (University Record, April 19): Her letter implies that central trash receptacles are housed by the elevators. Actually, that is not true. An inspection of Victor Vaughn by Area Manager Carie Kloack revealed the fact that none of the central bins in this facility are located near the elevator. The closest one was on the first floor, which is housed by the pop machine behind a glass door, approximately 25 feet from the elevator.

In addition, prior to placing the central bins, contact was made with our building contact to confirm placement. Also, there are not two waste bins in each office. It is true that there are two containers in each office; the larger one is used specifically for paper recyclables and the smaller one is for trash. Trash and recycling is picked up once a week during the cleaning of the offices; the central containers are emptied daily.

Cost-cutting initiatives were definitely involved in this policy change; however, we have already experienced environmental rewards by increasing our recycling efforts here at
U-M. The custodial staff empties more than 30,000 trash cans, most on a daily basis. We really appreciate the custodians' efforts to help keep this campus clean and smelling fresh.

The University Record welcomes letters from members of the University community. Those on topics of broad University interest will be given preference for publication. Letters should be no more than 500 words and must be signed. The editorial staff reserves the right to reject any letter and to edit and/or condense letters for publication. The staff also reserves the right to limit the number of letters submitted by the same individual. Letters may appear in small type. Organizations submitting material must include the name and address of an appropriate officer. Letters must be received by noon Wednesday to receive consideration for publication in the next issue.

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