University of Louisville starts stream recycling program


by WHAS11 News

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 6:03 PM

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) –  The University of Louisville has developed a new program called stream recycling.

It means they don't have to sort through all different types of recyclables or search for the right bin.
The program has been going on for a couple of months, and the university says it’s a success.

In this week’s Project Green, WHAS11’s Chief Meteorologist Monty Webb shows how this program works.

The University of Louisville is trying to divert as much garbage from the landfills as possible.

In just four months, the school has captured an extra 12 tons of material that would have gone to a landfill.

 “It's been great,” said the Superintendent of Grounds, Aaron Boggs. “We are in over 35 buildings on campus, about a third of the way through.  It's been a slow process, but we feel we are doing it the right way.”

Employees taking part in the recycling effort are allowed to toss paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum and glass into the same recycling bin. Everything else goes into mini-garbage cans near their work stations.

Boggs said that the program has had a positive impact in the buildings because most people want to recycle.

The key to its success is that it makes recycling easy for everyone. 

“All you have to do is choose the right container to put in and we pick it up for you,” said Boggs.