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Recycling at ILGs, dorms moves into high gear

By Alice Gilchrist

MIT students have reached a high point in their recycling efforts, with every undergraduate and graduate dormitory and most independent living groups contributing to the overall effort.

All undergraduate dormitories are now recycling some of their garbage, including excess paper, metal, plastics and glass. Most dormitories organize their recycling by floors and then combine these materials into bins from the entire building. Similar programs are under way in the graduate dormitories.

The Office of Housing and Food Services pays a recycling company called Jet-a-Way, which picks up the recyclable goods from the dormitories every Saturday in its vans.

Each dormitory has a chairperson who organizes the dormitory's efforts. Kristen K. Nummerdor '93, the East Campus recycling chairperson, said that "East Campus puts out six or seven bins a week, which is quite a bit." East Campus and New House produce the largest turnout of recyclables, which Nummerdor attributed to the sizes of the two dormitories.

Fraternities and ILG's

begin to recycle

Several fraternities and independent living groups have also begun to recycle. Zeta Beta Tau recycles newspapers, plastic bottles and glass, according to C. Eugene Gholz '92, the ZBT recycling coordinator. In addition, the fraternity uses only recycled paper products, Gholz said.

Dev P. Sinha '93 of Phi Kappa Theta was the recycling chair last year for several houses on the Boston side of the Charles River. He explained that van trips have been organized by Advisor to Fraternities and Independent Living Groups Neal H. Dorow. The van runs twice monthly and is funded by MIT.

Sinha said that "hopefully there will be an increase in the volume of recyclables, so that the van will be needed twice a month."

The new fraternity and ILG recycling chair is Ateev Mehrotra '94. He explained that approximately 11 or 12 houses are involved in the recycling program, but that only about eight of them do so regularly. Mehrotra said that it is "more difficult to recycle in fraternities than in dormitories" because of the increased amount of responsibilities placed on the residents. Still, Mehrotra said that the program is growing slowly.