"Recycling at UMD"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

Recycling at home is simple thing you can do to reduce waste, but it can be more challenging to implement a new recycling program for an entire campus.

In this weeks Your Green Life, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a group of students who made recycling a little easier at UMD.

Separating cans, bottles and paper is an important step to making your life a little greener, but recently over the winter break at UMD a group of students made it easier for other students to recycle.

"Four students were involved in the audit and the implementation of the stickers and three were involved with the production and the creation of the stickers", said Jordan Cataldo.

Before, the labels were hard to read and understand, and according to UMD. More waste was generated than recycled.

"After we started the stickers we found better consistency, where the bottles and cans bins had bottles and cans in it", said Jordan.

The students involvement even began with the design of the logo, but where did the idea come from?

"I thought a lot about the North Shore in general...the rocks the trees and the water", said Jane Ollila.

This logo, is also going to represent other sustainability programs at UMD.

"Our campaign was really UMD plus YOU, its up to UMD to provide that system that works, but its to the students and the rest of the university to make that choice", said Mindy Granley.

This program gives the students the opportunity to tackle the task of recycling and other new sustainable practices at UMD.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

So far over 600 bins have been re–labeled and are emptied regularly by the student group.