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April 9, 2009

ULM College of Pharmacy is "going green"

University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy students are making strides to help their college “Go Green.”

Bran Fanguy, a third-year pharmacy student from Monroe, currently coordinates all recycling efforts for the Bienville campus. The project is student led. Fanguy said that enthusiasm to recycle and reuse grows by the day.

The students currently recycle Number One and Number Two plastics (commonly known as PET/PETE and HDPE plastics), steel, tin, and aluminum. They receive a small amount of profit for the aluminum, which in turns purchases liners and recycling containers. Paper bins are located at the Bienville Building entrance/exits and are maintained by Recycling Services.

“We want to ensure the program continues in the future and that our university never has to foot the bill for its cost,” said Fanguy.

In community partnership, pharmacy students teamed up with Aron's Pharmacy, located at 1209 N. 18th St. Aron’s Pharmacy saves their Number One and Number Two plastics for the students, who in turn bring them to the recycling facility Monroe Iron and Metal each week. According to Fanguy, Aron’s Pharmacy typically has about 20 pounds of plastic per week; the COP usually has about 15 pounds per week.

In the future, the students hope to start an indoor paper collection as well.

“We just wanted everyone to know that the COP students have made an effort to become as green as possible,” said Fanguy.

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