AS Recycle Center ARCHIVE ITEM
In 1971, Western Washington University became one of the first universities in the United States to have a campus recycling program. The A.S. Recycle Center continues to be unique among its kind: it’s student – run! Every day, the A.S. Recycle Center collects 3,800 pounds of recyclables from Western’s campus, continuing our commitment to reducing Western’s waste stream and lightening our burden on the environment.
The mission of the A.S. Recycle Center is to provide the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to recycle on campus, to educate the University community on the recycling process at Western, and to continually increase our collection efforts in order to reduce Western’s waste stream. In addition to this, we provide student employment opportunities and work experience, specifically in recycling and waste management.
In 1971, a small group of Huxley students and the University General Stores started one of the first campus recycling programs in the country here at Western. The group of ten students collected about 233 lbs. of recyclables from the university’s campus every day. In 1976, the Associated Students of Western Washington University incorporated the Recycle Center, and began its commitment to the program. Today, a full-time coordinator heads a group of thirteen students who collect about 4,000 lbs. of recycled material every day from the blue barrels on campus. Though a lot has changed during the past forty years, our purpose remains the same: to provide as many recycling opportunities on campus as possible, thereby reducing our consumption of natural resources and our impact on the environment.
Call (360) 650-3088 to get in touch with us, or visit our Recycling Guides page for more information.