UGA Housing diverts 47,500 pounds of carpet from landfill

UGA Housing diverts 47,500 pounds of carpet from landfill

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Department of Housing recently was recognized by InterfaceFLOR – the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer – for diversion of 47,500 pounds of carpet from the landfill for recycling, down-cycling or re-purposing through participation in the InterfaceFLOR ReEntry Carpet Reclamation Program.

University Housing also was commended for installation of 11,134 square yards of Cool Carpet – a green product that eliminated 177 tons of certified carbon dioxide credits from the entire production life cycle by utilizing renewable energy and materials. This carpet was installed in East Campus Village’s McWhorter Hall in the summer as part of a regularly-scheduled program of maintenance and replacement.

With recycling stations in every residence hall, University Housing actively promotes environmental awareness and sustainable living through the education of residents and by example.

“A great example of this commitment came with last year’s national Recyclemania competition, in which the residents and employees of University Housing diverted more than 271 tons of glass, plastic, steel, paper and cardboard materials from the landfill,” said Steve Marcotte, building services superintendent.

University Housing provides comfortable, affordable and secure on-campus housing options to more than 7,500 University of Georgia student residents.

For more information on InterfaceFLOR ReEntry Carpet Reclamation Program, see http://www.interfaceflor.com/default.aspx?Section=3&Sub=4.

For more information on University Housing, see http://www.uga.edu/housing.