Gail Hairston

By

Sustainability Council Launches Outdoor Recycling

Published: Feb 21, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb 21, 2012) − The University of Kentucky has launched an outdoor recycling pilot project thanks to a student initiative and a partnership between the Physical Plant Division and the Student Sustainability Council.

  

The project was originally proposed in the spring of 2011 to the President's Sustainability Advisory Committee by Mabruk Quabili, a graduate student in the College of Public Health. Quabili worked with the Student Sustainability Council, UK's Physical Plant Division (PPD) and the University Architect to make this project possible. Quabili hopes that the program will eventually “increase UK’s status in becoming a more green university because simple measures around campus can make a huge difference."

 

The pilot project will cost $12,990.

 

Nine single-stream recycling bins will be placed along high traffic walkways surrounding Patterson Plaza, including convenient sites near White Hall Classroom Building, the Main Building, Patterson Office Tower and Pence Hall. The single-stream design allows all types of recyclable materials to be placed in the same bin, including metal cans, plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and paper products, including cardboard. UK's Physical Plant Division will be responsible for maintaining the bins and delivering the recyclable materials to the city's recycling center.

 

“We are hoping this will prevent a lot of drink cans and bottles and other recyclable materials from going into regular outdoor trash bins. The more students use the service, the better for the university’s recycling goals,” said Tom Gregory, recycling coordinator for PPD.

 

“This is a great project and a great example of how the Environmental Stewardship Fee can facilitate student-driven improvements on our campus.  It is also an excellent example of collaboration between our Physical Plant Division and our students,” said Shane Tedder, UK Sustainability Coordinator.

 

The UK Student Sustainability Council has been in place since 2009 and has helped to fund a number of projects across UK's campus. The council is responsible for managing and distributing the funds collected from the Environmental Stewardship Fee, a $3 fee paid each semester by all full-time students at UK. These funds are dispersed across several different sustainability projects every academic year. Some of the council’s recent projects include the water-bottle filling stations, Wildcat Wheels and the event Pedalpalooza.

 

recycle_bin.jpgrecycling_cans_on_patterson_plaza.jpg
August
 
1
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Mon
2
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Tue
3
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Wed
4
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
End of the Summer II 2016 Eight-Week Session
Thu
5
 
Fri
6
 
Sat
7
 
Sun
8
 
Mon
9
 
Tue
10
 
Wed
11
 
Thu
12
 
Fri
13
Parent and Families Open House
Sat
14
 
Sun
15
 
Mon
16
UK Women's Forum Board Meeting
Tue
17
 
Wed
18
 
Thu
19
K Week Kick-off
Off-campus Freshmen Check-in
Parent and Families Reception
Fri
20
New Student Induction Ceremony
Big Blue U
Getting Around Campus and Beyond
Campus Ruckus
Sat
21
UK Lex-Mart
K Team Lunch
Late-night Target Run
Sun
22
TEAL Classrooms Open House
TEAL Classrooms Open House
TEAL Classrooms Open House
TEAL Classrooms Open House
Dinner with your K Team
Mon
23
We Are UK
TEAL Classrooms Open House
TEAL Classrooms Open House
TEAL Classrooms Open House
TEAL Classrooms Open House
Campus Tours for K Teams
Tue
24
First Day of School Photos
First day of classes of Fall 2016
Wed
25
Pedalpalooza
First Day of School Photos
Thu
26
OCSS Wildcat Block Watch
Fri
27
Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself
Red River Gorge Adventure Trip for Out-of-State Students
Music Workshop for Teachers and Students: Michael Chandler
Flight 5191 Tenth Anniversary Memorial Service
Sat
28
Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself
Sun
29
Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself
Mon
30
Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself
Last Day to Add a Class for Fall 2016
Last Day to Withdraw to Receive 80% Refund
Tue
31
Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself
Wed
 
 
 

Thu, 09/01/2016

Fri, 09/09/2016

Reset Page