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UTSA recycling program grows in its success

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(May 18, 2006)--UTSA's recycling program continues to be successful. In fact, it's growing by the barrelful.

From December 2005 to April 2006, recycling at the UTSA Tri-campuses has increased 67 percent from 11.7 to 19.6 tons of materials deposited monthly.

"The UTSA Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management thanks UTSA faculty, staff and students for their interest and cooperation in this program," said Richard Garza, environmental safety manager. "As we continue to grow, we can do our share by recycling and being good stewards of the environment."

There are several recycling options provided by the Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM), in conjunction with Facilities Services, at the UTSA 1604 Campus, Downtown Campus and Institute of Texan Cultures.

For more information, contact Richard Garza at (210) 458-5808.

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How to recycle at UTSA

  • Empty aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers -- place in the blue recycling barrels around the campuses
  • Office paper, magazines, books, newspapers and catalogs -- place in blue five-gallon blue recycling containers in each office (When full, empty contents into large blue 60-gallon containers in your hallway or large recycling dumpsters outside each building. Contents of these 60 gallon containers will be transported by housekeeping staff to seven-cubic-yard recycling bins. Cardboard cannot be placed in any of the containers listed above.)
  • Cardboard -- place in designated location agreed upon by office personnel and housekeeping; housekeeping will collect and transport to recycling pick-up points for compacting; office staff must remove styrofoam and trash from boxes before recycling.
  • Depleted toner cartridges -- take to designated container outside the mailroom.
  • Depleted batteries -- must be kept out of landfills because of toxic, corrosive metals. Recycle specialty camera and computer batteries of these types: nickel, cadmium, lead, lithium, zinc and mercury; alkaline batteries also are recyclable. Send batteries to EHSRM by campus mail; if there is a high quantity or if they are large or leaking, call EHSRM and they will do pick up batteries at your office.

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