From “Upcycling project at Fox Valley Tech” —  Interior design students at Fox Valley Technical College are re-using what’s already been recycled.

Some of this semester’s final designs included “upcycled” art as part of a textile drive for Goodwill Industries. The students use of the art is also aimed at improving understanding of where those textiles come from.

FVTC Interior Design Instructor Kris Figy says, “We learned that there’s a lot of textile waste and we want to bring that to the attention of people, so we wanted a public awareness campaign. So we’ve created a display in our hallway talking about some of the facts.”

The group decided to partner with Goodwill because they have a large amount of resources available to help recycle clothing and textiles.

From “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.


From “Recycle your electronics at Moraine Park” — Moraine Park Technical College’s IT Club will be holding its E-cycle event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

Items can be dropped off at the campus courtyard, closest to the intersection of Johnson Street and University Drive. Accepted items include: Monitors, laptops, servers, TV’s, printers/fax/scanners, computers, video game consoles, mice/keyboards, cell phones, MP3 players/iPods, phones, DVD players, VCRs, cable boxes, satellite dishes, vacuum cleaners (without bag), coffee makers, bread makers, irons, hair dryers, radios, clocks and much more.

All batteries must be removed from all items including cordless/rechargeable products.

Items not accepted include curling irons, refrigerators, dish washers, stoves and household batteries.

A full list of items can be viewed by emailing Lisa Pollard at

From “Dumpster diving dean at Nicolet proves a point about trash” — RHINELANDER – The “Green Dean” at Nicolet College is serious about recycling, and she’s not afraid to get a little dirty to prove a point.

Today Brigitte Parsons, the Dean of Trade and Industry at the college donned a hazmat suit, and jumped into one of the schools dumpsters. She was a little disappointed at what she found…

“This is a brand new pad of paper! I can’t believe that! That’s unfortunate.”

It should have been recycled, but instead it ended up in the trash.

“This is not a finger pointing game, really,” she said, “We’re just trying to raise awareness that’s it’s just as simple as making a decision between throwing an item in the trash can, or in the recycling bin.”

At Nicolet college, it really is that simple. They’ve gone to a single-stream recycling program that makes it easy to be green.

“You can throw everything in the same bin, doesn’t matter if it’s glass, plastic, paper, everything all goes together, and then they take it away and they can separate it out,” said Leanne Vigue Miranda, a sustainability leader on campus.

Still the “Green Dean”, is a dumpster diving machine… And she’s finding plenty of trash in the dumpster that shouldn’t be.

“I’m standing on probably 10-15%, maybe a little bit more of items that definitely can be recycled,” she said.

“If materials are recyclable, you have to recycle them. That’s the law, basically,” said Miranda.

Parsons adds, “Whether you agree with recycling scientifically or not it’s about trying to save what we have going into the landfills, because we don’t have an infinite space in landfills for all of this stuff.”

By exposing this dirty truth the “Green Dean” hopes students will wake up, smell the trash, and make a greener choice.

From “WTC Annual Dumpster Dive” — La Crosse, WI (WXOW)  How much of what’s thrown away could be recycled?  That’s a question Western Technical College officials set out to answer Monday morning.

They call it the annual Dumpster Dive.  It’s one event marking Earth Week on campus.

WTC President Lee Rasch and Vice President of Operations Mike Pieper went into a campus dumpster, looking for recyclables.

Lee Rasch says he hoped to find few recyclables.  Whatever the find, the goal is the same – creating awareness.  They want students to recognize how much of what goes into a dumpster could actually go the recycle bin.

The Dumpster Dive is just one event this week.  To learn more about what WTC is doing to provide education and create awareness about Earth Week, you can go to

From “Trash to Treasure” — Can one person’s trash be another person’s treasure? That’s the annual challenge for architecture students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

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