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A brief history on how the Macalester Recycling Program has been constantly developing over the years:
- Recycling officially started at Macalester College on Earth Day of 1970 and it was initially dependent on a few student volunteers to develop a program.
- In the fall of 1986, Newspaper and Can recycling was added to the program.
- In the fall of 1987, Facilities Management became responsible for recycling on campus and is called MacRO, for Macalester Recycling Operations.
- In the fall of 1989, glass recycling was added into the program.
- In January of 1990, two cardboard balers were purchased. One is inside the north dock of Campus Center. One is located on the Olin/ Rice dock.
- In August of 1990, A can baler was purchased and plastic recycling was added into the program.
- In 1991, MacRO recycled 185,750 pounds of materials, as compared to 1990 when 80,000 pounds of materials was collected. The system is working well and the campus is recycling better.
- In 2000, MacRO collected 271,355 pounds of recyclable materials, compare that with 1991 when it was 185,750 pounds and you can see that we are still growing with our collection of recyclables on campus.
- In 2005, we now have over 30 student employees and one full time Custodian/Recycler working on the recycling needs of the campus. It should be clear that we are committed to recycling and reducing the waste from our campus.
- In 2006, we changed our vendors for trash and recycling. We are working together on waste reduction on our campus. Changes are coming.
- In 2007-2008, we implemented some changes in how many sites we have for recycle and trash centers on campus. We now have colored, styled and labeled tops on bins to help designate what goes into each bin. We restarted student room recycling boxes. We purchased two new cardboard balers to replace the older units. A full time Recycler/Custodian now works second shift to work with the students doing the recycling on campus. Wow! What a year of changes!