Move In Recyling
With thousands of new freshman moving in with all sorts of items, the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Science Club teamed up to collect cardboard to be recycled and diverted from the landfill.
The first day of move-in for sorority recruitment we collected 400 boxes and the second day we counted over 1,000 with even more boxes set out after the station managers had left. In total, we were able to divert over 1,400 boxes from the landfill.
This event would not have been possible without the coordination of grounds and housing which was made possible by our campus sustainability officer. We also utilized volunteers from the Environmental Science Club to talk freshman and parents at the recycling sites to make sure as much cardboard was saved as possible.
MISTAKES & LESSONS LEARNED
With the first move-in for sorority recruitment we learned that the recycling receptacles needed to be placed nearer to the waste dumpsters. Also, we learned that there was a lack of advertising and information about the recycling event, so we contacted the housing department to help communicate that to the freshman and parents for the full scale move-in. Having the sorority move-in before hand really helped us realize the problems that could come up and gave us time to fix them. We learned to be persistent and follow up, this allowed us to get trailers next to the dumpster sites for the recycling to be easily collected.
In the future, we hope to expand this program to have recycling receptacles at every dumpster site. Also, to be able to collect all types of recyclable materials.