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Temple University expands recycling program

Temple has expanded its recycling program to enable members of the university community to recycle mixed plastics, numbers one to seven.

Newly accepted items will include yogurt cups, clamshell containers, straws, iced coffee beverage cups as well as a range of plastic containers for food and medicine.

Within the new recycling program, soiled containers are not recyclable and items that are contaminated with food waste need to be rinsed prior to being placed into university recycling containers.

Temple recycling manager Marshall Budin said, "This expanded program is really aimed at making it easier for the Temple community to do the right thing and recycle."

According to Temple, expansion of the program helps advance goals set forth in its Climate Action Plan to increase the recycling rate from 32% to 40% by 2015.

The university has several initiatives in place to encourage waste minimization, including water bottle filling stations designed to cut down disposable water bottles usage.