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Released October 19, 2004


HATTIESBURG -The 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 recycled.

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 good food.

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 There is one entry per person.

For more information, please contact Virginia Kittrell at or (601) 266-4416, or Madeleine Hamilton at


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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM