The University of Iowa has moved to single stream recycling as part of a sustainability effort to achieve 60 percent waste diversion by the year 2020. Currently, recycling participation at the university is between 25-30 percent. The sort-free recycling program adopted last September is a step in the right direction. In addition to making recycling simple for university students and staff, sort-free recycling allows for more types of materials to be recycled. Reaction to the switch has been positive; recycling participation has increased enough that there is a need for greater recycling capacity on campus. Additional efforts to increase sustainability include members of the student garden repurposing items that would otherwise be thrown out and eliminating trashcans in university classrooms.
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