Clarkson Students Talk Trash

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How much waste is generated on a college campus in a day?

A lot - just ask Clarkson University students.

The students sifted through reams of garbage from the university's Student Center to see what was recyclable and what was compostable food waste.

Plastic forks, spoons and knives were separated from recyclable cups and food containers.

Students picked through the smelly food waste to locate what could be composted as part of keeping a sustainable environment.

For many of the students it was an eye-opening experience.

"It'd be nice if we all kind of put a little bit more effort to get every single piece of trash and put it into a recycling bin," said student Ashley Waldron.

Among some of the unusual things the students found mixed in with the waste were a single shoe, various types of uneaten foods and chewing tobacco.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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