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Bowdoin Prepares Slate of Activities for Maine Recycles Week

Story posted November 01, 2002

Courtesy of Sustainable Bowdoin.

To celebrate Maine Recycles Week November 8-15, the Recycling Subcommittee of Sustainable Bowdoin ( is organizing several events aimed at increasing recycling awareness on campus.

The first of these events is a "Can War," running November 8-15. Each social house will be given a box that members of the house, and house affiliates, can use to collect returnables (bottles, cans, etc.). An additional set of collection boxes, one box for each of the six social houses, will be placed in David Saul Smith Union.

The social house/house affiliates collecting the most returnables over the course of the week will be given the money from ALL the collected returnables to be put to the use of their choice. Each social house will also be invited to display an outdoor banner reading "(Name of social house) Recycles."

Maine Recycles Week will reach its height on Thursday, November 14. An on-campus scavenger hunt will start from the recycling display table in David Saul Smith Union. The hunt will encompass both recycling themes and themes of general sustainability.

Teams of Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the scavenger hunt - up to five members per team. The lucky winners will receive free Sustainable Bowdoin t-shirts, made from 100% recycled materials.

All day Thursday, members of the Bowdoin Community are also invited to build sculptures out of their recyclables on the Bowdoin quad. (The sculptures will later be recycled.)

Also look for recycled products in the Bowdoin Bookstore, and a Maine Recycles Week article to be submitted to the Orient for Friday, November 15.

Other sustainability projects taking place during Maine Recycles Week include an energy use reduction competition between on-campus residences (contact, and a class project for ES 101 in which students and professors will carry the waste they generate - garbage and recyclables - for a week, before consolidating their waste and discussing reduction strategies (contact

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