Western Technical College holds annual dumpster dive

April 24, 2013

From wxow.com: “Western Technical College holds annual dumpster dive” — Four years ago staff and students from Western Technical College started dumpster diving to see just how effective their recycling program was.

The idea was to find out how much recyclable material is being thrown in the regular trash.  They found a lot of recyclables that first year but they have found less each year since then.

The schools says every year they find new ways to improve the recycling program which allows them to save money on hauling away garbage, money that could be used in the classroom.

“The things that I’ve noticed over the last few years is that the majority of the garbage is turning into hand towels.  So that’s one of the things we’re working on right now is how we can reduce the amount of hand towels we use,” says Mike Pieper, VP Finance and Operations at Western.

Mike said this is not only the right things to do environmentally but socially and financially as well.



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