Greener Endings For Penn State Homecoming Parade Floats

10.08.10 | FL News Team

Crowds cheer for them. Judges rate them. Students dance on them. But after the cheesy costumes have been worn and the candies have been flung, what happens to a float such as the ones at Penn State’s Homecoming tonight?

In the past, many floats had a depressing date with the dumpster, but this year most will come to a greener end thanks to combined efforts of three student groups and a team from Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant. Nearly all of the 42 floats will be systematically dismantled and separated into their component parts (metal, paper and wood) for reuse or recycling. Penn State officials hope the effort will save about 4 tons of material from landfills.