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Biology Club tries to revive recycling
By Terri Rorke
Some campus employees are still using these bins to recycle, but there is not a recycling agency available to pick up any paper, so the white paper gets thrown away.
“We have no program. They started a program, but it’s hard to maintain that with our current level of personnel. It has never worked very well,” Freeman said.
Freeman said it was a big investment in making sure people were recycling strictly white office paper.
Then it had to be put into a required size of bail. He said it was discouraging to hire personnel to take the paper to an agency that will only offer about $5 for several tons of paper.
“How long can you afford to do that? It’s got its pros and cons,” he said.
“They just need to get rid of these blue bins because I don’t think I am the only one who thinks that she’s recycling by putting paper in there,” said Susan Cannata, associate professor in the English, Theatre and Languages Department.
As a teacher, Cannata said she goes through a lot of paper.
“I have stacks of paper here that I try to use the other side for things, but I even find I go through lots and lots of paper. Others I know try to cut down on that, but it’s hard to,” she said.
For a recycling center to pick up the school’s recycling, Freeman said the school would have to guarantee a certain volume of goods, which he said is impossible to do.
However, the school does accommodate students who want to recycle.
Freeman worked with the Student Government Association and the Lumberton Recycling Center a few years ago to create a program for students, faculty and staff to participate in recycling by utilizing recycling bins on campus.
If an organization decides to set up a program, Freeman said he will help with obtaining recycling bins.
But the organization has to be in charge of keeping the bins clean and delivering acceptable recyclables; the group can keep the money for recycling also. Freeman said he is surprised that no has come to him about initiating a program this semester, but all he or she has to do is call.
SGA not participating
“It’s one of those things that sounds very simple on the surface, but the deeper you get involved, the more complicated it gets …Until I get the visible recycling organized and get it working right, find out costs, get funding for it, then I kind of let that part of it ride. The school recycles a lot. But our students don’t see that and they say, ‘you’re not recycling,’” he said.
As someone who has lived in places where recycling was a convenient action, Cannata said she is used to recycling.
“I am so conditioned to recycle. The places that I’ve lived before, in Massachusetts and in New Mexico, there was curb-side recycling and the bottle bill— things that made it a lot easier for people to recycle and to make you feel guilty if you threw something away,” she said.
“It’s a part of so many other cities in the nation— just an integral part. I just think everybody needs to do it,” she said. Cannata said she understands recycling is costly for the school but said, “In the long run it’s going to cost a lot of money to clean up the oceans, landfills and stuff like that. It’s kind of a looking ahead program too.
“It’s just so obviously good in the long run and you have to start somewhere,” Cannata said.
Organizations that participate in the recycling program can get 500 community service points for the Chancellor Cup competition.