Recycling program eyes expansion
with residence hall pilot project

Emory's growing recycling program took a significant step forward last month with the initiation of the first pilot project for residence hall recycling.

Residence Life, the Student Government Association (SGA) and Recycling Coordinator Elaine Gossett selected Turman Residential Center as the site for the pilot. Two weeks ago, six-gallon recycling containers were placed in each of the more than 400 rooms in Turman. Larger collection sites have been established on each floor of Turman, and three clusters of even larger containers have been placed outside the complex and are being serviced by the custodial staff.

Gossett said that five students-four of whom live in Turman-are serving as recycling coordinators for the project. Each student is responsible for 80-90 rooms in Turman. In addition to emptying the containers from each floor into the larger containers outside, the students also advise Gossett on how the program is working and make her aware of any problems that need to be addressed. "The students are my eyes and ears over at Turman," Gossett said.

The SGA approved funding for the Turman recycling containers last May, and Residence Life gave its approval shortly afterward. Gossett and her students are monitoring the program closely to ensure that all goes smoothly.

"I'm hoping that the Residence Life staff will have smiles on their faces by the end of the semester and let us develop more residence hall recycling programs," Gossett said. "We would need more financial support for more containers, because I firmly believe that we must have individual containers in each room for the program to work. I hope the SGA will be interested in seeing the residence hall recycling program develop further and assist us with the purchase of more containers."

To accommodate growth in the campus recycling program, including the Turman project, Gossett said Facilities Management is planning to build a small processing center on Peavine Creek Drive. The building would be used for minor clean-up of recyclable materials collected on campus before they are shipped to an outside processor.

The additional cleaning process, Gossett said, will help Emory reduce contamination of its white paper supply, thereby increasing the amount of money the University receives for its recyclables. Contamination of white paper recycling containers has been a significant problem recently. Last year Emory was receiving about $70 per ton for recycled white paper. In January that number fell to $30 per ton because of excessive contamination of the supply.

Gossett reminds faculty, staff and students that the only material that should be placed in white paper recycling containers is clean, dry printing and writing paper including photocopy paper, laser and computer printouts and stationery. Products that have caused contamination and should never be placed in white paper recycling containers include: envelopes (including manila envelopes); mailing labels; file folders; sticky notes; rubber bands; ream wrapper; magazines; glossy paper; colored paper; packing and wrapping paper; cardboard; aluminum cans; drink cups; telephone books; food and food packaging materials; and newspaper.

For additional information on the recycling program, call Gossett at 727-1796 or send e-mail to: <>

-Dan Treadaway

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