Recycling Program Continues to Expand on Campus

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As we return from an unexpectedly long Easter break, it is becoming easier than ever to recycle on the Hilltop

When the Class of 2024 Council first took office, they wasted no time beginning on one of their biggest campaign promises-establishing a recycling program on campus. The 2024 Class Council has been consistently attending Campus Cleanups with the Green Team since taking office, and has been working hard to expand greener initiatives on campus. 

During the first full meeting of the Senate this semester, Senator Hannah Peterson and Senator Kevin Macarelli passed a resolution to add a recycling bin outside Joan of Arc Hall, in a more convenient location for many students. They hoped to make recycling more accessible on campus, after the success of the bin in parking lot L. 

This was not the first time JOA had access to accessible recycling bins though, as Resident Assistant Brenna Leach has been running a recycling program in the building for several months. 

A few weeks after the resolution was passed through the Student Senate, signs were added to one of the smaller dumpsters outside of JOA, which is now available to all students.

Senator Kevin Macarelli credits the Green Queens with setting the example for recycling on campus. He and Senator Peterson now serve as co-chairs of the Respect the Nest Committee, which aims to spread awareness of green initiatives on campus.

The Green Queens responded to this new addition, saying, “We are confident that students will properly utilize this resource and we hope to see more green legislation pass through the Student Government Association in the future.”

Senator Peterson hopes to continue this program in the future, but notes that it will not be possible without the cooperation of the student population. In order for things like Davison containers and Starbucks cups to be properly recycled, they must be cleaned out before being put in the recycling bin. This makes the program easier for Physical Plant, and reduces the risk of fines for the school, which would derail the program, and could remove the program from campus entirely.

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