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University of Oregon Campus Recycling Program Wins EPA Award for Waste Reduction

Release Date: 12/23/2005
Contact Information: Contacts: Domenic Calabro, Technical, 206-553-6640 Jeff Philip, Press, 206-553-1465

December 23, 2005


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the University of Oregon Campus Recycling Program with a College/University Partner of the Year Award for educating by example on the importance of waste reduction. The University of Oregon Campus Recycling Program is responsible for campus-wide recycling collection.

With approximately 23,500 people on campus, the University of Oregon generates significant quantities of waste. Hence, the students founded the Campus Recycling Program, which strives to make recycling and waste prevention a priority. Organized in 1989, the program began with 160 paper collection sites. Today, it has greatly expanded—currently employing 45 students and five full-time staff members—to collect numerous materials at more than 1,500 sites throughout the campus. During the 2003–2004 school year, the campus diverted 48 percent of its waste through recycling.

EPA is proud to honor the University of Oregon Campus Recycling Program for these extraordinary achievements at the WasteWise 2005 Annual Conference. The University of Oregon Campus Recycling Program is one of only 10 organizations to receive a Partner of the Year Award at this event.

WasteWise is a free and voluntary partnership program launched by EPA in 1994. The program provides guidance and recognition to more than 1,800 participating organizations that are working to find practical methods to reduce municipal solid waste and improve financial performance. EPA is pleased to recognize the University of Oregon Campus Recycling Program and other members that have made the program a success through their sustained commitment to waste reduction.

For more information about EPA’s WasteWise program and details about the WasteWise 2005 Annual Conference, please visit the WasteWise Web site at <www.epa.gov/wastewise> or contact the WasteWise Helpline at (800) EPA-WISE (372-9473).


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