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Rice University Sets New Recycling Goal

The university's new goal aims to divert 40 percent of waste from landfill by 2020.

Rice University has set a new recycling goal, which aims to divert 40 percent of waste from landfill by 2020. Last year, the university diverted about 28 percent of its waste and this year, it hopes to be closer to 30 percent.

Over the last couple of years, the university has added more than 500 recycling bins to the campus in an effort to ramp up recycling efforts.

To help reach its new goal, the university is pushing for more student participation.

The Rice Thresher has more:

Recycling efforts at Rice are in the spotlight once again as part of a growing conversation sparked by dedicated student and faculty involvement. Richard Johnson, director of the Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management at Rice, announced that administration has set a new recycling goal, which aims to divert 40 percent of all waste to recycling by the year 2020.

According to Johnson, who is also a professor of environmental studies and sociology, the initiative was driven by the efforts of two students, McMurtry College junior Ben Johnson and Jones College senior Ethan Hasiuk. The pair interned with Richard Johnson this past summer, and he said their comprehensive review led administration to reconsider Rice’s current approach to recycling.

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