JMU Sorts Trash to Increase Waste Reduction Awareness


HARRISONBURG, Va (WHSV)-- To help increase awareness about waste reduction, James Madison University students and faculty will host a trash sort Wednesday.

Faculty and about 35 students will spend their morning digging into campus trash cans to see what was thrown out that could have been recycled.

Melissa Altmas, with JMU's Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, said although this may not be the most glamorous job, it allows students and staff who walk by to see what they could have done better to recycle.

"It's about getting folks to think critically about what they are throwing away and get them to change their behavior so that we can improve Madison's impact on the environment. Ultimately, we hope that all of our students and faculty can make similar choices when they go out into the world and are off campus," said Altman.

Altman said JMU has made a major commitment to improve recycling rates. One initiative was starting a new composting program. Because of these efforts, JMU won the April 2013 Virginia Recycling Association Award for Outstanding University.


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