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Results from the Latest Waste Audit

Glamorous they weren't, but the dumpster dives conducted by ESC's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle subcommittee (R3) in January 1994 and January 1995 did yield pay dirt. Shown below are totals, in pounds, representing the entire landfill-bound waste streams at the Mesa and Foothills Labs for the 48-hour periods sampled each year. Items that had been sent at earlier points for recycling were excluded. This year's waste auditors were Eron Brennan, Christine Brodeur, Forrest Cook, Judy Dayhoff, Hank Fisher, Bob Henson, Sue Jensen, Hillary Keyes, Dave Maddy, David McNutt, Judy Miller, Corinne Morse, Jerry Olson, Nan Rosenbloom, Paula Rubin, Stephanie Shearer, and Dick Valent. Dean Lindstrom, R3 program manager, thanks the gang for "rolling up their sleeves and diving in."

Year/Site     94,95/ML     94,95/FL   94,95/TOTAL

Compost 183, 37 150, 36 333, 73
Plastic 46, 4 30, 21 76, 25
Gabled --, 0.2 2.8, 0.9 2.8, 1.1
Trash 264, 140 98, 114 362, 254
Commingled 32, 25 13, 4.3 45, 30
OfficePak 148, 69 159, 49 307, 117
Totals 673, 275 453, 225 1126, 500
Compost: vegetable matter Plastic: nonrecyclable plastic Gabled: milk containers and other cartons Trash: items falling outside other categories Commingled: cans, bottles, #1 and #2 plastic bottles OfficePak: mixed office paper


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