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Illinois school's trash is sustainability treasure

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University is preparing to spiff up its campus using tons of trash.

The Southern Illinoisan reports (http://bit.ly/1qzfW85 ) a new composting facility will start operation this week. The facility is unique in the Midwest because it uses air circulation to cut normal composting time in half. Air forced into waste bins accelerates the decomposing process.

The center is expected to process around 15 tons of waste every two months. Compost will be used in flower beds and gardens around campus.

The university's sustainability coordinator says composting will help reduce the school's carbon footprint.

Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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