UI students pick through trash to see how much people are recycling

Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 6:01 PM CDT
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Some students at the University of Iowa spent the afternoon picking through trash.

It was part of the university's waste audit to see how much trash could have avoided the landfill through recycling. Students sifted through 230 pounds of garbage. They found 74% of that could be recycled. A recycling coordinator said the audit provides an eye opening experience for the students.

"Whatever we do to our environment, it eventually comes back to impact us so if we pollute our rivers and our land, then we're eventually going to be eating food that comes from that land and drinking water that comes from those rivers," said Elizabeth Mackenzie, the recycling coordinator at the University of Iowa.

The Office of Sustainability said the audit is one way to reduce the amount of waste in the landfill.