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    Rethinking Trash Cans

    Rethinking and Repurposing Trash Cans In the fall of 2014, Northern Arizona University invested 1 million dollars to provide about 130 “Big Belly” outdoor recycling and trash receptacles across campus.  This positive change provides outdoor recycling across campus and has established more efficient use of staff time for trash and recycling collection because the Big Bellies include internal trash compactors and provide electronic notification when they are full and need to be emptied.  However, this transition created a problem:  what to do with the 80 stone trash cans being replaced.  The creative reuse solution generated by Tom Yazzie, Residence Life Grounds Crew Chief, was to turn these into planters for…