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Recycling awards announced

April 14, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Two Western Michigan University departments have been recognized for their recycling efforts in an annual audit of campus efforts to reduce the amount of recyclable material discarded.

The Environmental Studies Program won this year's "Best Recyclers" title, while the Campus Services building nabbed the "Most Improved" award, according to Carolyn Noack, coordinator of recycling and waste reduction.

Waste sorts were completed in January and February. Custodial services personnel collected the regular trash from 15 departments. The trash was then sorted by Recycling and Waste Reduction Services, weighed and properly disposed. Sort categories were recyclable paper, recyclable plastic, glass, metal, polystyrene foam, other recyclables and other waste.

Winning departments were determined based on percentage of recyclables in the trash, the lower the percentage, the better. The "Most Improved" accolade was determined by comparing the 2003 results with 2002 results for departments that underwent repeat audits.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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