On Friday, Nov. 15, Virginia Tech will celebrate America Recycles Day, a national campaign to raise awareness to schools, universities, and community groups on the importance of recycling.

Hosted on campus by the Office of Energy and Sustainability, the America Recycles Day celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Squires Student Center Plaza between Squires and the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown.

Participants can learn easy recycling tips and see recycling demonstrations. Food, games, and prizes are also part of the event.

Because the event takes place a day before the final home football game, information on how to enjoy “green” tailgating will be highlighted. Much of the waste associated with tailgating is recyclable, but only a very small portion of it makes it to a recycling bin.

“We hope to give tailgaters the information they need to keep their tailgates a little more environmentally friendly,” said Camryn Sorg, a senior at Virginia Tech who is helping to plan the event. “The information we’ll be giving out will apply to anyone, whether they tailgate or not.”

America Recycles Day is nationally organized by Keep America Beautiful, a group dedicated to recycling education and awareness.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Written by Emily Schosid.

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