Shippensburg University, along with its faculty, staff and students, is beginning a new recycling program on campus this semester.
The university is implementing single-stream recycling, a new way to dispose of materials in an eco-friendly manner.
Single stream recycling, also known as single-sort recycling, refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals and other containers are mixed in a collection truck instead of being sorted into separate commodities.
New collection and processing systems are designed to handle the full mixture of recyclables.
This new recycling project incorporates recycled materials like phone books, newspapers, aluminum and glass bottles, as well as plastics 1 to 7.
Plastics 1 to 7 include items that range from soda and water bottles, milk containers, detergent containers and even CDs.
Being able to recycle all of these materials into one container will greatly help to reduce waste and collection costs.
The convenience of this process will also hopefully increase the amount of items recycled.
Recycling containers are placed throughout campus, with locations in front of the library, CUB and other high-traffic buildings.
Containers are also present in all residence halls, and the residence life staff encourages students to participate in this new project.
Students and faculty alike have many benefits from this type of recycling. All of the items that can be recycled only require one bin instead of having to sort out various materials for their appropriate bin.
Also single stream recycling will help to reduce the waste products the university puts out into landfills and waste disposal centers.
Single stream recycling also helps to conserve natural resources and decrease raw materials used in the recycling process.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Robert Koch, custodial service manager, at ext. 1453.