U of M recycling efforts have hefty goal this fall/spring
Think twice before throwing that aluminum soda can in the trash ‑ the University of
Memphis is working toward a goal of recycling one million pounds by the end of June
“This effort will take everyone's participation, from faculty and staff to students,”
said Amelia Mayahi, U of M sustainability coordinator. “There will be many fun and
informative recycling and sustainability events throughout the year geared towards
this one goal. It is a new year with new and higher expectations! Join the challenge!”
The University has been an avid recycler since 2009, steadily increasing to recycle
approximately 200,000 more pounds each year. Between July 2012 and June 2013, the
U of M recycled close to 700,000 pounds, a huge leap from the 150,000 pounds in 2009.
The U of M makes recycling easy, with several outlets available, including the dazzling
new recycling zone between Mynders Hall and DeSoto Street that has several recycling
options as well as light-colored permeable surfaces, indigenous drought-tolerant plants
and eco-friendly LED lighting for increased night security. The entire 6,000-square-foot
“pocket park,” originally filled with asphalt and mediocre landscaping, is an area
students will want to visit.
“It belongs to everybody — the students, faculty, staff and administration,” said
Jenna Thompson, visiting U of M professor of architecture. “We hope that everybody
takes ownership in that and uses it as intended, which is to recycle things and bring
awareness to the importance of recycling.”
“When you throw your trash in a trash can, it does not disappear; all of that trash
goes to a landfill,” said Megan Hoover, senior Architecture and Interior Design major.
“Placing recyclable items in a recycling bin is just as easy as putting it in a trash
can, but that material does not end up in a landfill or polluting our streets, rivers
For more information on recycling, contact Mayahi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-5543.