For release: November 5, 2013
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As part of America Recycles Week, volunteers are needed to participate in a campus-wide
litter cleanup initiative that will be held Nov. 11-15 and Nov. 18-19 from 9 to 11
a.m. Volunteers should meet at the Student Plaza at 9 a.m. each morning.
Participants will gather trash on the U of M campus, and will receive a free T-shirt
for their efforts. To sign up, contact Patrick Potts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the University of Memphis Sustainability Facebook
page. You can volunteer for as many days as you would like. U of M students, faculty
and staff are encouraged to participate.
All of the trash collected on campus will be on display on the Student Plaza in advance
of the Campus Litter Exhibit and Million Pound Challenge kickoff event, which will
be held on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The U of M has a goal of collecting 1 million
pounds of recycling by June 30, 2014. The current total of recycling gathered since
July 1, 2013, is 214,240 pounds, which does not include totals for October. The first
200 faculty, staff and students who stop by the Campus Litter Exhibit and take the
Million Pound Challenge pledge will receive a commemorative T-shirt. For more information
on what can be recycled and where recycle bins are located on campus, visit memphis.edu/bluegoesgreen/recycling.php.
U of M Sustainability Coordinator Amelia Mayahi is also soliciting volunteers for
a McKellar Lake cleanup effort on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. McKellar Lake is located
on the corner of Jack Carley Causeway and West Trigg Avenue. Local volunteer groups,
including the Memphis River Warriors, will clean up litter from the shoreline and
the Riverside Marina. Additional information can be found on the Memphis River Warriors
Facebook group page, or by emailing Colton Cockrum at email@example.com.