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Clayton State recycling program flourishes

Clayton State University recently announced that 18.7 tons of recycled items were collected on campus between May and November of last year, as part of the university community’s “single-stream” green initiative.

CSU Spokesman John Shiffert said the success of the recycling effort is the result of a pilot program between the Clayton State Student Center, and the Student Activity Center, which started in May 2011. Although it mainly involves the two facilities, it is a pilot project for Clayton State as a whole, Shiffert stressed.

Recently, he said, the multi-purpose and administrative buildings at Clayton State-East also implemented the single-stream recycling program. The university’s goal, he added, is to gradually stretch the program to cover the entire campus this year.

“This is, quite simply, a program with many positives,” said Carolina Amero, assistant vice president of auxiliary and administrative services at CSU. “It saves money. It has a positive impact on the environment — 318 trees can’t be wrong — and you can feel good that you’re doing something good for both Clayton State and the community at large.”

Shiffert said single-stream recycling allows people to recycle items in one container for collection, processing and remarketing. Its simplicity, and the wide range of items that can be recycled, has made it attractive for people to participate. The program has also helped reduce overall waste-collection costs throughout the campus, he explained.

He said items that can be recycled include: plastic containers, grades one to seven; paperboard; aluminum; steel cans; spiral notebooks; glass of all colors; flattened cardboard; mixed office paper; newspaper; magazines, and phone books.

Priscilla Foster, of the Office of Financial Aid at CSU, said she is amazed at the minute amount of actual garbage that is left, thanks to the recycling program.

“Single-stream recycling is easy, and I am proud to be a part of the process,” she said. “It is a good example of when a little effort can make a big impact.”