Recycling makes difference on campus

As spring approaches and flowers start blooming, critters begin to run around and the grass begins to turn a brighter shade of green.

During the process of taking pleasure in these refreshing moments, students and society as a whole could take a deeper breath of gratification to know they helped keep the earth beautiful and clean by taking part in the recycling efforts available to them.

UMHB students currently have a wider variety than ever of ways to participate in recycling. Plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard receptacles are all available.

Many are familiar with the tall, black plastic trash bins located around campus that have holes on the top of the lid with instructions for plastic or aluminum. There are also receptacles for cardboard behind the library, at Facility Services and by the bookstore.

Freshman EXSS major Diop Johnson, who enjoys recycling, drops his empty water bottle into the bin outside of Heard Hall.He is one of the four work study students on staff for the recycling program on campus. Photo by Kirby Franze.

There are paper disposals in the dorms as well; these accept any color or texture of paper and students can bring it from home too.

The Environmental Concerns Committee, which  founded the campus recycling program in 1991 recently broadened their bins to include plastic bottles as well.

With many new soda machines and the large number of water bottles that students discard daily, this decision desires the involvement of the entire student body in conjunction with the other recycling methods.

Director of Science Education Resource Center, and Chair of the Environmental Concerns Committee Dr. Darrell Watson said, “We have recycling containers in all of the living places on the campus in the dorms and apartments. While students are participating to some extent, I know they could participate a lot more,” he said. “A lot of students don’t even realize we have a program.”

Watson explains that although it is difficult to form a habit, people should adjust their routine to think about where the nearest recycling container is instead of where the closest trash can is.

Professor in the College of Nursing and faculty member on the Environmental Concerns Committee Dr. Aida Sapp said, “Reduce, recycle and reuse and just really think … could it be repurposed or re-gifted or recycled? Think about ‘Does that really have to go to the landfill?’”

Freshman exercise sports science major Diop Johnson said, “I love to recycle… It’s good for the environment …  I’m doing something beneficial for the school.”

Johnson adds, “I think a lot of people just think there is  someone that does the job of sorting plastic and cans at the plant…. I think that is where people are a bit uneducated about recycling.”


Author: Kirby Franze

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