By Alissa Sheppard
For the fourth year in a row Southwestern has entered into the RecycleMania competition. It is a nationwide competition between colleges and universities to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise awareness. From Jan. 22 through March 31 the goal is to recycle as much as possible.
From flyers to ads in the Jinx Tale, the Green Team is working hard to promote RecycleMania on campus. “Having a competition amongst dorms helps increase our recycling here on campus,” said Jason Speegle, director of the green team. The number one goal for the green team is to recycle more and to generate less trash.
This year it is a little different for the Green Team. In past years everything was separated out based on what type of recyclable it was, but this year they switched to a single stream recycling style so it can all go together. “This will be a trial for us. We have the old way down pat so it will be a bit of a learning experience for us,” said Speegle. Recycling can be time consuming so this method will be better, it will be more efficient and collects more.
“I just make sure that everybody is doing what they are supposed to do,” said Mark Strecker, biochemistry senior. His main focus is to make students aware of what is going on. He said he is happy to see the growth in recycling from each year. “This year I want to beat Wichita State University,” said Strecker.
“If the bins are there, then why not recycle,” said Tavinia Tucker, biology freshman. She used to only recycle cans, but being on a campus where you have access to recycling bins she said she makes it a habit to recycle. “In the long run I know I am making a difference,” said Tucker. She said she nags her friends to recycle as well.
“I want recycling to be part of the mainstream culture at SC, I want students to ask where is the recycling bin,” said Speegle.
Alissa Sheppard is a senior majoring in communication, you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.