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University of Washington Adds Interactive Composting and Recycling Station

The University of Washington has added an interactive recycling and composting station to PACCAR Hall. The new system shows facility, students and visitors how much money can be saved by composting and recycling items correctly.

The system contains three receptacles equipped with weight sensors, microcomputers and digital screens. The digital screens show people how much money is saved when they properly compost and recycle, and it also reminds people which items should go in each receptacle.

The project was conceived by a group of students, alumni and professors. They conducted a study when the installation opened and found that incorrect sorting of items decreased by 8 percent and waste properly diverted to the landfill increased by 10 percent.

Phys.org has the details:

"You just composted 2.31 ounces," the screen reads. "If everyone on campus composted this amount today, UW would save $1,181.00."

An interactive recycling and composting station installed this spring at PACCAR Hall is showing the University of Washington community exactly how much money can be saved by composting and recycling correctly. And it seems to be doing its job well.

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