UCSD dives into the Giant Trash Sort

UCSD kicked off its’ annual Earth Week celebration Monday with the Giant Trash Sort where staff and volunteers collected trash from resident hall dumpsters to determine which houses are recycling the best.

“The more recyclables they have in this trash, the worse they did because all of those should’ve gone through the recycled containers,” said Maggie Souder, sustainability coordinator at UCSD.

Souder added she is seeing a better job this year and is glad that that message is getting out there for students to recycle.

Hilary Wilhelm, a student work for housing and dining said the exercise is an eye opener for students. “This sort makes it easier for students to see what can be recycled and it gets the message across easier,” she said.

Wilhelm said along with the Trash Sort, students and staff have a composting education program in place to inform students what to do with the food waste they’re tossing in the waste baskets around campus.

For the past four years, UC San Diego has participated in “Recyclemania!” This nationwide recycling and waste-diversion competition has turned waste diversion on the UC San Diego campus into a competitive sport. The on-campus student residents recycled 90 tons of materials in 2010, but they are pushing for much greater levels of recycling next year.