FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – It won’t be found in a class prospectus, but a group of students at Colorado State University spent much of Wednesday going through piles and piles of garbage.

It’s part of a program to increase recycling and composting on campus while eliminating as much garbage as possible.

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Student volunteers wanted to show how many recyclables were being thrown away. They went through 24 hours-worth of garbage from the dining and residence halls.

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“I hope as students go past and they sort of see this pile of trash, and they see that it’s such a short period of time; and this is a representation of it that it’s somewhat overwhelming to them and maybe an emotional connection can be made, to say, ‘Hey, I can do a better job in my own personal life,’ ” said Tim Broderick, CSU Sustainability Coordinator.

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The results won’t be available until Thursday, but last year’s audit found 62 percent of what was thrown away could have been recycled or composted.