University Student Housing Going Green

University Student Housing, with Rubbermaid® Commercial Products and RecycleMania, hosts a waste audit.

WHAT: Texas Tech University Student Housing along with Rubbermaid® Commercial Products (RCP) and Keep America Beautiful are hosting a waste audit in conjunction with RecycleMania, a tournament that encourages colleges and universities to reduce or eliminate waste.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday (March 29)

WHERE: South side of the Student Union Building, dock area

EVENT: Trash and recyclables will be collected from the Student Union Building over a 24-hour period. Everything will be sorted and weighed individually. All weights will be recorded and the diversion rate, or the amount of waste diverted from a landfill, will be calculated. Prizes will be awarded for various categories, including those who guess the total weight of the recyclables found and total amount of trash.

The purpose is to determine how well Texas Tech recycles its waste while competing against other schools across the U.S. and Canada. RCP will have a recycling truck on campus that media can tour and photograph with samples of recycling systems and waste bin product collections. Representatives will be available to provide advice on implementing recycling solutions

Rod Ford, account manager for RCP and Melanie Tatum, assistant director for University Student Housing will be available for interviews at the event.

All interested students are invited to attend the event. Those interested in volunteering for the event should contact Melanie Tatum at

CONTACT: Melanie Tatum, assistant director, Sustainability and Warehouse Operations, University Student Housing, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-1570 or ;
Alec Cooley, director, Recycling Programs, Keep America Beautiful, (843) 278-7686 or  

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University Student Housing

University Student Housing

Texas Tech University Student Housing houses approximately 8,000 students in 13 residence halls, four suite-style halls and one apartment complex. Housing offers rooms with movable and fixed furniture, suite style rooms and apartments for both undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information about the different residence halls, visit the University Student Housing website.

University Student Housing also is committed to creating a greener campus with its "Guns Up, Green Up!" recycling pledge. Housing encourages students to participate in its sustainability efforts by reducing waste and recycling at the Texas Tech Recycling Center.