On October 1, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Lowell played
host to the Elizabeth Warren/Scott Brown senatorial debate and on the same
day the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Science Departmentís Environmental Science Seminar conducted a recycling audit of the recycling bins
in the Olney Science Center. Joining the group was Gunther Wellenstein
(class of 2002) who is the recycling coordinator for the City of Lowell. The goal was to determine the types and amounts of material that were recycled and to determine how much trash was place in recycling bins (people are not always careful when disposing of material).
People who sort trash are happy people.
The final total was 4 bags of paper, 1 bag of plastic, 1 bag of cans, and 1 bag of trash. Plastic bottles were the second most numerous recyclable items and Gunther made the point that Lowell residents should be drinking more tap water. Bottled water is significantly more expensive than tap water and Lowell's tap water is of excellent quality.