Recycling is a becoming a popular trend in the world today. This habit has even reached the campus of Snow College. Dropping off recyclables is available every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the recycling center, just east of the Physical Plant. Around campus there are bins and boxes labeled for plastics, paper, and cardboard only. But do you, the students, really have an impact regarding this practice?
Mike Duncan, Recycling Manager, says, “For the year 2014 we recycled 54 tons of cardboard from the community. That was only a small fraction of the whole county’s efforts; could you imagine what it would be like if we got everyone involved?”
On the national average, around 70% of young adults recycle. That means roughly one-third of people, ages 18-30, are throwing away materials that could be reused. There are a lot of benefits to recycling that one-third of us aren’t quite understanding.
On the plus side of recycling materials, it helps the environment and cleans out our local landfills. For example, reusing and renewing paper cuts into the elimination of trees, and recycling reduces the amount of toxic waste in our landfills.
“If people understood the impact recycling does to our environment, they would recycle more often. Our program is a voluntary process; the more we can do is better for our community.” says Duncan.
Unlike other areas, the student’s part of recycling on campus is not a huge process. All students need to do is drop off their recyclable materials in the correct bin, or drop by every other saturday and bingo—their part is finished with.
Cassia Millet, a Recycling Staff member, says this about student participation, “Some [students] are very involved, but a lot aren’t. It would be awesome if we could get more people into the habit of recycling, because it is an important thing!”
Recycling on campus can be done by anyone, whether you are sorting your plastics and papers, or working along in the process. It’s an eco-friendly action that is as simple as throwing your plastic water bottle in the labeled, blue bin as you leave class. Drop by the recycling center on one of the Saturdays and check it out, you might pick up an earth-friendly habit.