CMU partners with Schupan Recycling to reduce waste
Doubling the population on game day Saturday also means a possibly of doubling the waste – specifically with the volume of aluminum and plastic bottles and cans during tailgate prior to the game. In an effort to eliminate waste and increase recycling, Central Michigan University and Schupan Recycling are partnering to tackle the situation.
More than 500 recycling containers will be deployed throughout the city, making one recycling container per trash outlet. A representative from Schupan Recycling, Roger Cargill, said this is the first time CMU is involved in this type of recycling competition off the field on game day. Schupan Recycling is a division of Schupan and Sons, the naton’s largest private beverage container recyclers.
The biggest question was how to eliminate waste, he said.
“The answer was to create competition within a competition,” he said in the news release. “With CMU’s strong commitment to recycling, they chose to meet the issue head-on.”
University recycling coordinators and about 100 hired students will be giving fans both trash and recycling bags. The volume of materials collected in the tailgate areas for the Spartans and Chippewas before kickoff will be assessed and the the recycling competition winner will be announced at halftime.
The goal is to collect and recycle over 1,500 pounds of aluminum and plastic beverage containers.
The winning team will receive a custom-made recyclable plastic and aluminum trophy.
Garden junior Emily Thennes said the recycling initiative sounds like a good idea, although it encourages students to drink more in order to have a greater number of recycled beer cans.
“It’s funny,” she said. “But I get the idea. Hopefully we win, since I doubt we will win on the field.”
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