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College Q&A: Recycling containers just about everywhere at UHV

By By Jeremy Shapiro
July 7, 2012 at 2:07 a.m.


What does the University of Houston-Victoria recycle to make its campus more environmentally friendly?

After finishing a refreshing beverage or when it's time to dispose of white paper, UHV students, faculty, staff and guests literally have more than 100 places to recycle the items.

There are a total of 101 recycling receptacles inside the university's buildings in Victoria. They are put to good use. An average of 46,000 tons of paper are collected and recycled annually.

"We strive to make it as easy as possible to deposit the items that need to be recycled," UHV Facilities Director Kevin Myers said. "As a community leader and sizable consumer of environmental resources, the university has a special responsibility to set a positive example through our recycling and conservation efforts."

While the university has recycled materials for many years, a deeper commitment has been made during the past four years. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, white copy paper, shredded paper, newspapers, telephone directories, batteries and cardboard used by UHV personnel are recycled. UHV also strives to recycle steel, copper and other items during building projects.

A dozen clear bins for plastic drink bottles and aluminum drink cans are scattered throughout the University Center, University West and Jaguar Hall. There also are four blue collection centers for newspapers, office paper, bottles and cans. In addition, there are 85 recycling totes found in offices, lounges, kitchens and classrooms on campus.

Once placed in the bins, the items are taken to a nearby recycling center. If money is received for the items, it's university policy to use the revenue to purchase education materials to promote campus recycling and conservation.

UHV's commitment to environmentally friendly practices doesn't end with recycling. Energy conservation policies are in place for lighting, thermostat settings, and for computers and other appliances.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist, at 361- 570-4296 or shapiroj@uhv.edu.

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