Recycling and composting has been going on at the University
since the 70's, not necessarily as environmental initiatives, but as wise
methods of operation, often with students taking the leadership role.
With bans on materials going to landfill, increased costs of tipping fees
and garbage disposal, and the passing of Bill 143, The Waste Management
Act, comes growing concern for the amount of waste produced on campus.
The question is how to reduce our waste by 50% by the year 2000.
Recycling, composting, changing buying habits, and reducing waste
provides the perfect setting for students to study and investigate
potential solutions for the University to reduce its waste and operating
costs. A number of substantial waste audits have been carried out by
over 50 students and this has helped UW meet its obligations under Bill 143.
Projects are available either on the world wide web or in the Dana Porter (Arts) Library, Special Collections.
Last updated: August 16, 2004 plc