- Associated Press - Sunday, November 15, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - United Tribes Technical College has begun its single-stream recycling program with new bins and receptacles placed throughout the Bismarck campus.

Extension nutrition educator Jana Millner said she contacted Waste Management two years ago when the city switched to single-stream recycling to see if the company would consider bringing it to the school, the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1RTrCAc ) reported. But the company wanted to hold off on expanding the recycling system until it could gauge how it worked in Bismarck neighborhoods.

Millner said the school and Waste Management have been planning for the rollout this fall since conversations restarted about six months ago. United Tribes now has six large receptacles on campus and 20 bins inside its buildings.

Now, students and employees can put paper, aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles all in the same bin. Items get sorted mechanically at a Waste Management plant in Minneapolis.

The campus previously had bins at four locations, and Millner drove a golf cart to each site to sort recyclables by hand and then put them in a central receptacle. Bins near student housing in the past were never full, she said.

“It was because they weren’t next to the garbage,” she said. “People weren’t given the choice.”

Millner has sent out campus-wide emails about recycling, put newsletters in students’ mailboxes and held an event on campus.

“We are really hoping we can downsize our garbage and increase our recycling,” she said.

Bismarck Public Schools is also implementing single-stream recycling.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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