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Kirkwood Commingles aims to make recycling easy for students and employees by accepting all recycling materials in a single bin, all over the Cedar Rapids Campus.

Between October 15, 2011 and January 15, 2012, the Kirkwood community diverted more than 26 tons (52,320 lbs) of material from the landfill. This included paper, plastics, cardboard, and other acceptable materials. Not only is this good for the environment and the community, but it helps keep our Kirkwood campus cleaner (with fewer smelly dumpsters) and saves money.

Through this and other waste minimization programs, Kirkwood is committed to steadily improving its recycling rates and has adopted a goal to achieve 75 percent landfill diversion by 2014. In 2011, Kirkwood adopted a formal Waste Reduction Policy that lays out a plan to help meet that goal through reducing waste upfront, reusing materials and a strong recycling program.

We invite you to help in Kirkwood’s waste reduction effort by:

  • placing your recyclable items into the new commingled bins
  • reducing the use of non-recyclable materials
  • increasing the use of reusable and recyclable materials
  • sharing the opportunities you see to reduce waste on campus