Each semester, Augustana students participate in a waste sort to determine how well our recycling and waste diversion systems are working and to identify where we need change or improvement to uphold our campus-wide commitment to sustainable practices. Over the years, this waste sort has shown us just how much of Augustana’s total waste could be diverted from the landfill, and the gains we are making to shrink our ecological footprint.
In the Winter 2015 term we saw an increase in items that could have been placed in blue and green recycling bins, being placed in the garbage bins instead. We determined that 19.12% of waste at Augustana could have been diverted from the landfill through proper recycling practices.
Please join the entire campus community, ENV 120 students and the LAB office to learn more about Augustana waste diversion strategies and proper recycling practices at the campus waste sort on Wednesday October 7th from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the forum. This will be a great opportunity for students, staff and faculty to work together on creating a more sustainable campus. Please feel free to drop by at any point throughout the day to lend a hand!