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Miami Tops Itself and Others in Recycling
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University ranks first in a recent
comparison of Ohio public universities' recycling efforts.
Not only did Miami recycle more tons of trash than all other Ohio public
universities, but its rate of removal, 46 percent, and its per person total
were highest in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural
Miami's current recycle rate is even better than the 1995-96 numbers used
for the survey. For fiscal 1996-97, workers at Miami's Material Recovery
Facility (MRF-say "murf") removed 1,533 tons, more than 55 percent, of
trash from its waste stream.
Mixed Paper - 338.3
Glass - 68.7
Aluminum Cans - 9.9
Plastic - 10.1
Cardboard - 584
Motor Oil - 4.3
Appliances - 6.3
Tires - 4.3
Yard Waste - 420
Steel/Iron - 32.7
Wood Pallets - 13.7
"We're lucky we had the space to make a MRF," says Jim Buckley, recycling
coordinator. "We started with used equipment, we didn't have to lease land,
and we don't have to tow the trash like other schools might have to do."
Miami recycled 30 percent more mixed paper than last year. In addition to
other items like glass, plastic and aluminum cans, Miami added new items to its
list of recyclables: fluorescent lights, wood pallets, appliances and items
sent to Goodwill Inc.
The university has received a matching state grant to purchase a glass
crusher that would pulverize mixed glass and ceramics into sand that can be
used by grounds crews on campus.
Buckley cites campuswide support, starting with the president, for the
success of Miami's recycle program.