At Chatham University, there are many attempts to have students and faculty recycle. The problem is, even with these opportunities, are we utilizing them to the fullest? Based on the pictures below, I would say not.
Here is an example of one of the ways available to recycle at Chatham. The bins are separated into three categories.
Even though the bins from the previous picture are clearly labeled in each section, people still put the wrong items in the wrong bins. In this picture, there is a recyclable aluminum can thrown into the trash section when the can sections is right next to it.
There is also recycling bins outside. The only problem with this is that these recycling bins are not in a convenient place for students to use. They are outside the Athletic Center in almost a corner.
Here is the set up of the library recycling center. There are three different bins featured.
This is the poster on the side of the bins in the picture above. This poster is from 2010. Does having a flyer from four years ago make an effective campaign statement?
Here is a close up of one of the bins in the library. The flyer on top states that only items from Cafe Rachel can be deposited in the bin. While many people who live on campus frequent Cafe Rachel, there are many commuters or people coming from off campus bringing drinks such as Starbucks or Dunkin. If they wanted to recycle their cup, they couldn’t do it here.
Inside this bin is evidence that people don’t seem to read or care for the flyer on top stating Cafe Rachel only! Inside this bin was a Starbucks cup.
A few short steps outside of the library is a trash can. Right on top is large pile of newspaper, which is perfectly recyclable.