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Press Release for Thursday, October 20, 2011

UNF Hosts 5th Annual Garbage on the Green Event

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




The University of North Florida will reveal the garbage it throws away between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, on the Student Union Osprey Plaza in the University’s fifth 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. Information collected during the waste audit—a systematic study of trash that is thrown away—will be analyzed to help determine best practices to improve waste reduction programs and recover resources that would normally go to the landfill. 


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. 


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


  • Mixed paper (folders, magazines, newsprint, books)—342,852 in fiscal year 2010-2011 
  • Commingled (paper, card board, plastic and aluminum)—379,900 pounds 
  • Scrap metal—42,550 pounds in fiscal year 2010-2011 
  • Tires 
  • Most printer cartridges—220 pounds in fiscal year 2010-2011 
  • Automotive types of batteries—8,976 in fiscal year 2010-2011 
  • Total recycle—788,968 pounds in fiscal year 2010-2011 


Last month, UNF was ranked in the top 100 “Coolest Schools” by Sierra magazine, the award-winning magazine of the Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, for its “green” endeavors on campus. This past spring, the University was recognized by the Princeton Review as being one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada and was included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.” 


Garbage on the Green, sponsored by the City of Jacksonville/Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, CSX, Southland Waste and the UNF Environmental Center, is free and open to the public. To volunteer, participate or for more information about this event, contact April Moore, UNF Environmental Center, at or at (904) 620-2662.