Recycling Week to introduce U to new program

During the last 14 years, the U’s student government and administration have worked separately to bring a comprehensive system of recycling to campus.

This year, the entities have joined forces to bring in a consulting group. They will analyze the U to see how a comprehensive system of recycling can be implemented.

The efforts of the Associated Students of the University of Utah will be brought to the forefront of the U this week as a series of events will inform students about recycling and introduce the company that will be performing the campuswide waste audit.

“The point is that right now we don’t have a program and we want students to understand the importance of recycling,” said Bobbi Freeman, ASUU director for special projects. “We’ll need student support and administrative backing to bring the best to the U, so our theme is ‘Bring it.'”

America Recycles Day is Monday, said ASUU officials, who are encouraging students to support community events on that day. Tuesday will narrow the national focus down to a campuswide effort with the kick-off of the first annual University of Utah Recycling Week.

ASUU is coordinating the event with the student group Terra Firma, the Bennion Community Service Center, Chartwells and the U’s administration.

The wide array of events will focus both on informing students and taking part in the actual recycling process. Tuesday’s Recycling Fair and Wednesday’s computer recycling service project are two such events.

The fair will be held in the Union Ballroom and will feature speeches from Mike Perez of Terra Firma and Lisa Romney from Mayor Rocky Anderson’s office. Recycling vendors will be on hand with displays to illustrate the status of the U’s recycling program. Crafts, food and a recycled fashion show will also highlight the various events of the fair.

The service project will take place in the Union Visitor Pay Lot. ASUU will work with the Bennion Center to salvage old computers to give to families that are otherwise unable to afford them. If the computers cannot be used, recycling companies will take them for free.

Students can pick up green wristbands to show their support for the recycling program at the Heritage Center, ASUU or the Union front desk. The bands are free, but donations will be accepted. For more information on the recycling program, go to

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Recycling Week EventsMondayAmerica Recycles DayStudents can pick up free green wristbands at the Heritage Center, ASUU or the Union Front Desk. Donations are accepted, not required.TuesdayRecycling FairUnion Ballroom 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.WednesdayComputer recycling service projectUnion Visitor Pay Lot 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.ThursdayCaptain Planet Marathon Heritage Center 7 p.m.FridayCrimson Nights 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.Recycling scavenger hunt; enter to win a Lovesac