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Nov. 10, 2011

Media Advisory: UI residence hall waste sort set for Nov. 11

WHAT: ECO Hawk Green Dream Waste Sort brings together students from all across campus to examine refuse from University of Iowa residence halls. Participants will don protective suits and sort through trash to determine how well the halls are recycling. While previous waste sorts have been conducted on campus, this will be the first one done for residence halls.

Student leaders as well as university staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Waste sorts, or audits, measure how much refuse is actually recyclable or compostable. The data collected from the waste sort are valuable for improving recycling on campus. A previous campus waste sort found that nearly 78 percent of discarded "trash" was actually recyclable.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

WHERE: Carnival Room in Burge Hall. Burge Hall is the second-largest of the university's residence halls, located in the east campus, two blocks north of the Pentacrest.

WHO: The event is sponsored by the UI student organization ECO Hawk, UI Housing and Dining, UI Office of Sustainability, UI Facilities Management, Waste Management, and the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACTS: Bill Barker,, 319-384-4277; George McCrory, Office of Sustainability,, 319-335-5507