Nov. 12, 2009

Garbage sorting

A dirty but purposeful job

Fifteen volunteers from the Iowa State and Ames communities took to the dumpsters Oct. 30 during an eight-hour campus waste sort. The intent was to see what's being tossed in campus dumpsters and what part of the trash might be directed instead to recycling opportunities if they existed. Pictured are (left) Merry Rankin, ISU's director of sustainability programs, and psychology student Kevin Marquardt, who has been conducting an independent study of university recycling programs. The results of the day's work will be part of a recycling report provided next month to president Gregory Geoffroy. Photo by Bob Elbert.