University of Southern Mississippi' Physical Plant, Student Government
Association, Department of Residence Life, and student groups are
teaming together to get the word out about recycling at Southern
Miss. Committee members met recently to discuss goals and opportunities
to spread the word about recycling and ways to increase the recycling
effort on campus.
In 1992, Southern Miss developed a waste-reduction
plan and implemented a campus recycling demonstration program to
comply with the requirements of the Mississippi Multimedia Waste
Minimization Act of 1990 and the Mississippi Waste Reduction/Waste
Minimization Program. In fiscal year 2002-2003, Southern Miss recycled
19.36 tons of cardboard, 54 tons of newspaper and 560 lbs. of aluminum
cans. In FY 2003-2004, 39 tons of cardboard, 87.6 tons of newspaper,
1,223 lbs. of aluminum cans, and 1,486 lbs. of shredded paper were
All of these recyclables are picked up by Sumrall
Recycling. Its manager, Poncho James, provided a tour of the facility
Oct. 8 to Madeleine Hamilton, SGA transfer representative senator;
Tommy Speed, utility crew foreman; and Virginia Kittrell, manager
of work control and environmental services. Sumrall Recycling services
businesses, schools, and governmental agencies and is a local sponsor
of America Recycles Day.
Hamilton submitted a resolution Sept. 14 to
SGA to install recycling receptacles on campus, and Walt Cain and
Jonathan Krebs signed it soon afterward.
Several events are scheduled to help spread the word
about the recycling program on campus, including the following:
- A recycling contest for kids of Southern Miss employees
and students will include an art contest for grades K-1, 2-3,
and 4-6 and a writing contest for grades 7-9 and 10-12. This event
will take place Oct. 18-22.
- An aluminum can collection contest between organizations/departments
will take place Oct. 20-Nov. 3. Groups will need to register by
Oct. 19 in order to compete. Physical Plant will loan containers
for the contest. Sumrall Recycling will provide an enclosed, lockable
trailer to store bags of cans at the Physical Plant until the
end of the contest, at which time a Physical Plant representative
will deliver the cans to Sumrall Recycling to be tallied and verified.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
- A bale of aluminum cans and a bale of cardboard
will be on display for people to guess how many cans are in a
bale or how many pounds of cardboard are in a bale. Prizes will
be awarded. This event will take place Nov. 1-5.
- After the can collection contest is completed,
a pilot recycling program will be implemented in McCarty, Hattiesburg,
and Mississippi halls. Bins will be located on each floor, and
a large container will be located outside as the central drop-off
site for each area.
All these events are scheduled to support America
Recycles Day, which is recognized nationally every year on Nov.
15. Southern Miss will host a tailgate party for ARD Nov. 6 at Vann
Hall before the game against Cincinnati and the food will be sponsored
by Aramark. Everyone is invited to visit the tent and enjoy some
The university community is encouraged to pledge to
be a recycler and enter the drawing for a 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid.
(If you are under 18, you may enter to win one of five recycled
aluminum content Trek Model 4300 24-speed bicycles.) Enter at www.americarecyclesday.org.
There is one entry per person.
For more information, please contact Virginia Kittrell
or (601) 266-4416, or Madeleine Hamilton at Madham421@aol.com.