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U of M Community Invited to Celebrate America Recycles Week

For release: November 5, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

As part of America Recycles Week, volunteers are needed to participate in a campus-wide litter cleanup initiative that will be held Nov. 11-15 and Nov. 18-19 from 9 to 11 a.m.  Volunteers should meet at the Student Plaza at 9 a.m. each morning.

Participants will gather trash on the U of M campus, and will receive a free T-shirt for their efforts.  To sign up, contact Patrick Potts at Information is also available on the University of Memphis Sustainability Facebook page. You can volunteer for as many days as you would like. U of M students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

All of the trash collected on campus will be on display on the Student Plaza in advance of the Campus Litter Exhibit and Million Pound Challenge kickoff event, which will be held on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The U of M has a goal of collecting 1 million pounds of recycling by June 30, 2014.  The current total of recycling gathered since July 1, 2013, is 214,240 pounds, which does not include totals for October. The first 200 faculty, staff and students who stop by the Campus Litter Exhibit and take the Million Pound Challenge pledge will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  For more information on what can be recycled and where recycle bins are located on campus, visit

U of M Sustainability Coordinator Amelia Mayahi is also soliciting volunteers for a McKellar Lake cleanup effort on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. McKellar Lake is located on the corner of Jack Carley Causeway and West Trigg Avenue. Local volunteer groups, including the Memphis River Warriors, will clean up litter from the shoreline and the Riverside Marina. Additional information can be found on the Memphis River Warriors Facebook group page, or by emailing Colton Cockrum at

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