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Press Release for Wednesday, October 7, 2009

UNF Hosts 3rd Annual Garbage on the Green Event


Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida will reveal the garbage it throws away on the campus Green, the grassy area located in front of the Fine Arts Center, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the University’s third trash and recycling audit.



Volunteers will get down and dirty, sorting, measuring and cataloguing waste. The event kicks off with an early morning cleanup of litter on campus, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Organizations are being invited to participate with demonstrations and interactive booths that provide education on environmental issues and some will be accepting donations for reuse. There will be food and entertainment, including sculpture made from recycled materials. This event is free and open to the public.



The University-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling and litter-prevention practices. Among the goals of the campus master plan is to include opportunities to integrate more waste reduction practices on campus as the University continues to increase its student population and to preserve its natural areas.



“Garbage on the Green is an experiment for the campus that addresses some basic questions like how much trash do we produce in 24 hours and what kind of trash is it? How much of that trash can be diverted away from the landfill and recycled? Finding answers to those questions will point us toward steps we can take to recycle more and put less trash in the landfill,” said Dr. Radha Pyati, environmental chemist and director of the UNF Environmental Center.



A waste audit is a systematic study of trash we throw away. Information collected during the waste audit will be analyzed to help determine best practices to improve waste reduction programs and recover resources that would normally go to the landfill.


UNF publicizes and transfers to other departments when equipment/furniture is no longer needed and currently recycles:



Mixed paper (folders, magazines, newsprint, books)—34,352 pounds last fiscal year 2008-2009


Cardboard—119,920 pounds last fiscal year 2008-2009


Plastic bottles


Commingled (paper, card board, beverage containers 2008-2009 351,940


Aluminum cans


Scrap metal—55,582 pounds last fiscal year 2008-2009




Most printer cartridges


Automotive types of batteries


Rechargeable batteries from emergency/exit lights


Wood pallets


Total recycle—580,769



Garbage on the Green is supported by Southland Waste & Recycling Systems, UNF Environmental Center, City of Jacksonville/Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, CSX, Healthy Way Café, UNF Office of Administration and Finance and UNF Physical Facilities.



To volunteer, participate or for more information about this event, contact April Moore, UNF Environmental Center, at (904) 620-2662.