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Green Corner: Using the New Bins
April 4, 2012
By Laura Walter
Students have noticed the new blue bins which were placed in every residential room over spring break. These bins have been made available through a grant received from the ALCOA foundation.
The college applied for the grant with the hopes of improving its recycling efforts on campus. Thanks to the grant, Lycoming received 1,584 six-gallon bins. There are bins for every student, with those in single rooms receiving one bin and double rooms receiving two.
The bins are the property of Lycoming College and loss or removal of the bins will result in a $30 fine.
LEAF has received many complaints about the ease and accessibility of recycling, especially in residence halls.
The purpose of these bins was to make recycling easier in residence halls. Instead of having to sort through trash in order to recycle, being able to separating trash from recyclables in the rooms makes the process of recycling easier. These bins also have handles, making transporting recycling more convenient from residences to trash rooms.
These bins are here to make recycling easier, but the question may still remain “why should I recycle?” It is important to recycle for many reasons, including keeping the planet clean.
Recycling items which can be kept out of landfills not only cuts down on the amount of waste sent to the landfill, but also cuts down on the college’s costs. The college pays for trash removal by weight, so the more students recycle, the less the college has to pay for trash removal. If Lycoming can cut trash costs by recycling and using less electricity, prices for which have recently increased drastically, it can help in keeping the college’s costs down.