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Learn all about Recycling—Take the Tour of the Rumpke Dayton Material Recovery Facility

Of course we think everyone should see the Rumpke Recycling Facility just because it is a good learning experience.  If you can take the tour in person, check out the videos and information on the Rumpke website. 

Check out the photo gallery of the tour→

A couple of weeks ago, Hunt Brown and I accompanied the rest of the SOCHE Sustainability Committee to see where our campus recycling is processed and how the operation works.  Amazing – see the picture slide show.  It is not pretty but there not much about trash or litter or the initial processing of material recycling that is attractive.  What is sexy is the final products from the RRF that are reclaimed and reused for new products.  That is so much more appealing and productive than using more oil to produce new plastics or more trees to create new paper.  And there is no need to do that anyway because we know there are better ways—Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose, Use it up!

For the accountancy folks, let’s talk Life Cycle Cost Analysis and when in factors like subsides to the oil and timber industry vs. true costs.  For the rest of us that means you take into account the costs to the environment and marketplace like explorations, drilling, logging, transportation, refining, processing, packaging, disposal of wastes, marketing, storage and distribution and more – what is called “cradle to cradle” costs.  Impacts on soils, water, and air also need to be factored in the equation because of degradation/loss of habitat and health issues.)

If you or your group want to take the tour just send me an email and I will start the process. 

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WSU is Going Green, Green, Green for Spring 2014
Green with Recycling
Green with Energy Conservation and
Green with Safe, Green Labs

RecycleMania 2104 volunteers needed for events. Contact us at to help out.

There is a new competition that we will be taking part in this Spring, the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN). Starting in late March, for three weeks, WSU will be monitoring and working hard to reduce use of electricity on campus. Watch for more information and learn one more way to reduce your Energy Footprint.

Alert! Recycle Man is back and there will be another Super Hero joining him to reward folks for being Green. Watch for them around campus and at WSU basketball games at the Nutter Center.

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