ReThink: Student Eco Reps work with the Phila Recycling Office

November 16, 2015

Since 2009, Penn’s Student Eco-Reps have served as waste minimization champions on campus as they have encouraged their peers to change their waste disposal habits. This fall, Eco Reps are working on Sustainability Impact Projects, a new feature of the Eco Reps program designed to further expand students’ environmental leadership. Eco-Reps are partnering with thirteen community and campus organizations to implement hands-on, outcomes-based projects. You can read more about the Impact Projects here.

During ReThink your Footprint, we will be highlighting four Eco-Rep Impact Projects that are focused on waste minimization and diversion. Check out how Penn’s Eco Reps are helping the greater Philadelphia community reuse, reduce, recycle, and compost!

The City of Philadelphia Recycling Office manages recycling and waste reduction programs for one of the largest municipal recycling and solid waste collection systems in the U.S. As a unit within the Sanitation division of the City’s Streets Department, the Office serves 530,000 households. This year, Greek Eco Reps Sam Ryan and Nico deLuna are working with the Recycling Office to compile and analyze the generation and disposal of recyclables and solid waste that occurs within Philadelphia during a calendar year. Sam and Nico are gathering data from multiple sources, including the City of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, as well private waste and recycling haulers. The Eco Reps are preparing a report on their findings to be shared to internal and external stakeholders. They are also corresponding with private recyclable processors and managing extensive databases.  


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