A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. - James Dent
Question #13412 posted on 03/08/2005 3:12 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why can't I recycle plastics and cardboard here on campus? It drives me nuts that there are so many empty plastic bottles that just get thrown away here. If I can't recycle them on campus, where can I go to recycle them?

- Sam

A: Dear Sam,
Back when the recycling movement first started, around the early 1990's, it was relatively profitable and recycling plants sprung up all over. Since then things have changed considerably, and mass recycling isn't as lucrative as it once was. Thus, although BYU has a recycling contract, they only do it to the extent to which it is beneficial to the institution. To be honest, even the paper and cardboard that gets recycled on campus sometimes gets trashed because they have too much. (Treehuggers around the world cry out in anger.) If you are really serious about recycling, Provo Recycling curbside pick-up costs $5 a month and they accept the following: "Newspapers, clean cardboard, cereal boxes, cardboard egg cartons, junk mail, phone books, aluminum cans, tin food cans, plastics #1 and #2, small appliances, etc." They also say that a more complete list of accepted items is given to you when you sign up.