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Recycling program to begin

By Sharon Price

A recycling program for all MIT dormitories will begin tomorrow, said Karen A. Nilsson, general manager of operations for Housing and Food Services.

After approximately four months of searching, Jet-A-Way, a Boston-based recycling company, was selected to provide a curbside pick-up service of glass, plastic, newspaper and aluminum from both graduate and undergraduate dormitories and apartment houses.

House managers John P. Corcoran of East Campus and Bailey E. Hewit of Senior House developed the program in response to student concerns regarding the environment.

Suniti Kumar '91 will head the approximately 20 student coordinators who will oversee the program within their respective houses.

Last semester, a student-run group implemented a recycling program which used a Cambridge recycling center. But the center, already swamped with the load from Cambridge residents, could not handle the added burden of MIT's trash.

City officials then suggested that MIT develop its own program and use a private hauler. Jet-A-Way will transport MIT's garbage to a local recycling plant.

Currently, the role of off-

campus living groups in the program is uncertain. "Right now there are no plans to include them, but that could change," Hewit said.

She added that if independent living groups along Amherst Alley and Massachusetts Avenue do put their trash on the curb, Jet-A-Way will pick it up along their route.

Although the Jet-A-Way service is not open to ILGs in Boston, some have found ways to recycle trash. Members of Delta Upsilon bring their trash to the Sherman Street center in Cambridge, said Bradley E. Layton '92, who organizes the fraternity's recycling efforts.