Campus Environment Center builds box fort to promote recycling

Nicole Cobler

Roughly 3,900 boxes were stacked together in the shape of Bevo for America Recycles Day to demonstrate the University’s commitment to recycling.

Campus Environmental Center members began building the fort early Friday morning with the help of 800 volunteers and finished within a few hours.

The box fort was designed to break Duke University’s record of 3,500 boxes, which was achieved over the summer.

Emily Mixon, Plan II and geography senior and  Campus Environmental Center director, said the organization has been collecting boxes since August from various local businesses and dining halls around campus.

“I grew up in Austin and have been around this culture, but we have students who might not have come from a background where they realize the impact that waste has on the environment,” Mixon said.


The Campus Environmental Center also promoted UT’s switch to single stream recycling, a new system where no sorting is required for papers, plastics, glass and other materials. Mixon said this new system would hopefully make it easier for students to recycle.

Karen Blaney, the Office of Sustainability program coordinator, partnered with Campus Environmental Center to build the fort and run the sustainability fair in the afternoon.

“There’s a lot of confusion about whether UT is really committed to recycling or not,” Blaney said. “The message for the day is that we do it and care about it.”

The fair allowed students to learn about recycling on campus and participate in the fort’s deconstruction at the end of the day.