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MSU Collects Recyclables In Garbage

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30% of Montana State University's trash is full of recyclable materials. To bring awareness to Earth Day, MSU staff and students went through garbage and collected recyclable items.

Montana State University Environmental Services Manager, E.J. Hook went through nearly 350 pounds of garbage on Tuesday, in search of items that could be recycled.

"The first year 55% stuff was recyclable materials, the next year 45% and this year it looks like it will be around 30%," said Hook.

The recyclable items were divided into plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard.

"The bag that you get from McDonald's that doesn't usually have a lot of food waste is recyclable," said Hook.

Ross Wolfe works at MSU's Office of Sustainability. His office collects recycling once a week.

"It's amazing how much recycling goes into our little truck," said Wolfe.

He's not surprised at how many items students are not recycling.

"For one, they don't know what they can recycle and two they don't know where the recycle bins are," said Wolfe.

Right now, recycling is available multiple spots inside MSU's buildings and only one spot outside.

"It costs hundreds of dollars for each one of those containers to go out there so it's a considerable investment," said Hook.

But, Hook said for now he is happy with the amount of items that are being recycled on campus.

"The fact that we've been able to drive that percentage of recyclables down without actually being able to do it right at point of decision is amazing," said Hook.

MSU will be celebrating earth day all week. For a list of events, visit MSU's website.
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