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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Recycling center pushing to reduce impact of USU's garbage, compete with best in world

By Jason Sanders

February 27, 2009 | The phenomenon to "go green" has hit Utah State University, thanks to the campus's Recycling Center. The center is an impressive hub for recycling. According to Kevin Phillips, the center's manager, "600 tons of garbage is recycled and kept from Logan's landfill"—that's about 25 percent of the school's waste.

A step inside the center is a step inside a recycling-lover's heaven. The warehouse contains several dumpster-sized bins packed full of recyclable goodies. And skirting those bins are busy workers sorting, organizing and hauling away the school's waste.

The center welcomes anything recyclable. Cardboard is its most popular item; according to Phillips, approximately 120 tons of cardboard were recycled last year. After cardboard the center brings in 93 tons of mixed paper, 60 tons of white paper, 60 tons of scrap metal and 35 tons of glass bottles.

The school saves a great amount of money recycling, too. Phillips said it costs more than $60 per ton to throw away garbage at Logan's landfill. With 600 tons of salvaged waste being recycled annually, the center is saving the school approximately $36,000 a year. And it reduces USU's environmental impact. For example, recycling one ton of paper saves approximately 17 fully grown trees.

Recycling at USU is as easy too, thanks to all the blue bins in place around campus. And to better utilize these bins, the Recycling Center recently joined "Recyclemania." It's an international competition where over 500 schools compete to out-recycle one another. The competition started in mid-January and runs until March 28. More than anything else the center hopes joining the competition will enhance students' desire to recycle.

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