June 17, 2010

Paper recycling

Cleaner, greener offices

Iowa State senior and seasonal employee Barrett Peterson empties a box of old catalogs from somewhere deep in Molecular Biology into a campus waste truck June 15 during a "Green Your Scene" collection of non-white paper items. By the end of Tuesday, campus crews collected an estimated 11 tons of mixed paper -- such as brochures, journals, phonebooks, books and posters -- from 36 buildings. (By comparison, the university recycles about 10 tons of white paper each month.) They are hauling it to International Paper in Des Moines, where it will be recycled.

Two other components of this summer's Green Your Scene recycling effort -- electronics and paint -- run through June 30 and July 30, respectively. Photo by Bob Elbert.