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Tarleton Stresses Recycling Efforts for Move-In Day Participants

August 13, 2014



STEPHENVILLE, Texas, Aug. 13 -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release:

Live Green, Breathe Purple. It's part of Tarleton's commitment to serving as responsible stewards of the environment. Recycling is a major component of modern day waste management and during new student Move-In Day the university is promoting a campuswide effort to collect cardboard, paper and other recyclable materials.

Campus recycling is a collective effort of Tarleton's students, faculty and staff who are committed to promoting environmental awareness, safety and action. As part of the university's mission to implement a notable campus-wide sustainability initiative, all incoming freshmen and transfer students, as well as those accompanying them on Move-In Day, are asked to participate in these special efforts to yield huge recycling and donation rates.

During Move-In on Aug. 16 and 17, staff from the university's recycling center will collect packing materials and on-campus residents' castoffs. To assist in the collection of recyclables, the Office of Risk Management and Compliance along with Residential Living and Learning have provided the following tips:

* Separate cardboard from other recyclables and trash and make sure all packing material has been removed from the boxes.

* Flatten all cardboard boxes used for packing.

* Place flattened cardboard boxes at the designated recycling locations nearest your residence hall. Signage will be placed near the areas where recyclables will be collected.

* Please place any regular trash in the appropriately labeled dumpsters.

Waste Reduction Tips

* Pack belongings in reusable crates, tubs and bags; save them for move-out.

* Pack conservatively and remove appliances from boxes before arrival (especially fans).

* Choose reusables over disposables (silverware rather than plasticware, towels rather than paper towels, etc). Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water to reduce waste and save money.

"Successful major event weekends such as Tarleton Move-In, Move-Out, Homecoming and athletic events not only represent important steps in our efforts to live green, breathe purple at Tarleton, and of achieving a greater waste diversion rate," said environmental health and safety coordinator Hector Davis, "they also represent powerful teaching tools in fostering and encouraging the ongoing cultural shift towards sustainable living on a larger scale."

To learn more about recycling efforts at Tarleton State University please visit www.tarleton.edu/livegreen.

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