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Mess on the Mall Oct. 8 promotes awareness of trash consumption and recycling initiative

plasticbottles_t.jpgBOONE—Beginning Oct. 1, it will be illegal to dispose of plastic bottles in a landfill. They must be recycled instead.

North Carolina is one of the first states to ban plastic bottle waste. Landfills that fail to recycle the bottles are subject to a $15,000 fine.

To raise awareness of the new ban, ASU Recycles and Appalachian State University’s Office of Sustainability are partnering for Mess on the Mall. The campus is invited to come to Sanford Mall Oct. 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and see how much trash and recycling is produced from one campus building over two days.

Recycling representatives from Watauga County, the Town of Boone, and Appalachian’s Office of Off-Campus Community Relations will be available to answer questions.

During the event, the Elkland Arts Center in Ashe County will have a booth for students to make art from trash to decorate a trash dragon that will be part of a parade on Sanford Mall beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The rain date for the event is Friday, Oct. 9.

Mess on the Mall is designed to raise awareness of the state’s plastic bottle ban, the amount of trash the university community generates, how much of that trash is recycled, and how much trash could have been recycled.

Recycled plastic bottles have a second life as carpet. Clear Path Recycling is constructing a facility in Fayetteville that will be capable of recycling more than 280 million pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, or about five billion bottles, annually that will be used in polyester-based products, such as carpet or carpet cushioning.

ASU Recycles partners with the campus community to promote sustainable resource management practices and to conserve earth’s natural resources.