University of Virginia to Mark National Recycling Day

November 10, 2008

November 10, 2008 — The University of Virginia will host an "America Recycles Day" event Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to the forecast of rain, the event has been moved to Newcomb Hall, room 168.

Activities will include a "Dumpster Dive," wherein students rummage through the contents of a first-year residence hall trash container to determine what percentage of its contents could have been recycled. There will also be a “CAN you Guess?” contest asking a question relating a compressed block of aluminum cans to energy savings. The winner of the can contest receives $50 certificate to Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, and all guessers receive reusable bags.

There will be a variety of recycling games, including a taste test to compare bottled waters to filtered water and tap water.

Also on display will be the results of the Cabell Campaign, in which U.Va. Recycling student employees and Conservation Advocate volunteers collected all the recyclables discarded in New Cabell Hall during a one-week period.

There will be displays and exhibits from Student Environmental Action, the Student Council Environmental Sustainability Committee, U.Va. Department of Parking & Transportation, U.Va. Office of  Environmental Health & Safety, U.Va. Dining Services, Sonoco Recycling, The Sierra Club, The Habitat Store, Rivanna Solid Waste Authority and the Charlottesville Public Works Department.

The event is open to the public.