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Budget cuts reduce services at the University of Colorado

September 3, 2009
BOULDER, CO — In an effort to slash $12.9 million from its 2009-2010 budget, the University of Colorado is scaling back custodial services, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
The University of Colorado will trim $122,000 a year by eliminating office trash pickup service, no longer cleaning the outside of building windows and eliminating various specialty cleaning projects, the story stated.
According to the story, Tuesday, September 1, 2009, marked the last day that the school''s facilities management emptied trash in employee offices, though the service will continue in classrooms.
Because they are now responsible for their own trash removal, facilities management is ensuring that staff know where the main trash receptacle is for each building, the story noted.
Donna Maes, office manager in the Math Building, said: "You don''t want stinky, smelly trash where you''re working. The custodians and housekeeping [staff] have a lot more to do than empty my little trash can."
Many feel that eliminating office trash removal will lead to more recycling, an action that is congruent with the University of Colorado''s desire to become a zero-waste campus, the story added.
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