TOPICS 2014: Campus recycling

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Where does recycled material from campus go? Why are there different bins on campus? How can we improve recycling on campus for the future?

Join UW–Madison students, faculty and operational staff in a discussion about current campus recycling practices and how our campus might be able to recycle more effectively at TOPICS (Taking on Possibilities in Campus Sustainability): Behind the Scenes of Campus Recycling.

Friday, January 23, 2015
2 – 4 p.m.
The Marquee, Union South

Throughout TOPICS, participants will learn how the recycling program at UW–Madison works and find resources to help them recycle more effectively on campus. Individuals from across campus are encouraged to come with any questions or concerns about recycling at UW–Madison.

Session 1: Recycling at UW–Madison: A video presentation

Follow the journey of your recycling out of the bin and on the road by watching a short video.

Session 2: On-Campus Recycling: Q&A with students, faculty and staff

Have questions? This is your chance to ask the what, where, how, and anything else you’ve ever wondered about recycling on campus, including how it differs from recycling off campus. A panel of students, faculty and operational staff will share a behind the scenes look at UW–Madison’s recycling program and address audience questions.


Kris Ackerbauer: Associate Director of Facilities, Planning and Management

Steve Heitz: Custodial Service Program Supervisor at Facilities, Planning and Management

Miles Tryon-Petith: Undergraduate Operations Intern at the Office of Sustainability

Luke Vandenlangenberg: Operations Program Associate in the College of Engineering

Cathy Middlecamp: Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Session 3: Badgers Recycle Right: Recycling best practices 

Learn about the common mistakes campus users make when recycling and pick up some tips and techniques to recycle correctly. We’ll also discuss current programs and initiatives designed to promote good recycling behavior on campus.