Western Washington competing in RecycleMania

Competition promotes recycling and composting on college campuses.

March 6—Lucas Minor, Aramark Higher Education’s marketing manager, said in an email that University Dining Services at Western Washington University is committed to minimizing Western’s environmental footprint by “fostering a culture that reduces, reuses, and recycles waste.”

Western will participate as part of Zero Waste Western, an Associated Students Recycle Center program that aims to eliminate waste on campus. Dining services plans to divert as much waste as possible so that 100 percent of products can be recycled, composted and diverted from landfills, Minor said.

“This includes composting and the recycling of paper, metal, plastic, cardboard and 100 percent of our fryer oil used by the dining services,” he said.

On an average weekday, eight to nine 60-gallon compost carriers are filled amongst the three dining commons, Minor said.

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