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New Trash and Recycling Initiatives on Campus

It is always exciting to come back to campus and see the new changes. When I moved in I noticed some of the parking spots in front of the wall had a dumpster in them. Great, for move-in days. If you need to throw away stuff, perfect, it is right there. Then I noticed those spots are painted off, no parking. Now I get into my room and when I am looking for a spot to put my own garbage cans I see one black and one blue garbage cans with bags in them already. A nice little surprise, I didn’t need to bring my own. Now that everybody has two garbage cans there are no more garbage cans in hallways or lounges. At least in my dorm. 

The Round Table got a chance to speak with Pasquell, a housekeeper who has been at Beloit for seven years. He said there was a “rumor going around at the beginning of the summer that we weren’t going to have to worry about trash next year… taking the students’ trash out.” However, like most rumors, it went in one ear and out the other. All of a sudden the idea took off. 

“It’s an opportunity for students to be responsible. If you live in an apartment, you have to take your trash down to the dumpster anyway. Nobody is going to come in and get the trash out of the hallways.” Said Pasquell. When I first saw the different bins I thought ‘what even goes into the recycling bins?’ We will come back to this.

The Round Table asked Pasquell how this changes his workload. He said “It’s definitely a weight off my shoulders…What’s awesome about this is I don’t feel like I have to rob Peter to pay Paul. I feel like I can actually clean the floors, showers and toilets for you. For the most part I could keep up, but I know there was a whole bunch where the trash was an issue for them because it was so heavy.” In conversation Monday mornings got brought up, as the housekeepers aren’t here over the weekend. “You weren’t a housekeeper on Monday, you were just a garbage man. You didn’t really do much but wipe down a couple sinks.” he said. 

Adding though, he hopes Beloit didn’t do it for them. That they did it for the students. So students can learn and be interactive in trying to do their part in taking care of the environment. “This is the only thing that is hurting me right now (pointing to a dumpster overflowing with garbage outside of Blaisdell). Don’t let it become an eyesore. Then all the positive that is in it gets taken away by what you see… If I’m an upperclassman here and I came back to school and they said to do your own trash and I’m reluctant, I don’t need things like that to reassure me that it possibly could be failing, so hopefully they’ll get that cleaned up.” Which will most likely happen, as this has only been implemented since the start of the school. We both agree that this will take time. This is not a one semester fix, may not even be a one year fix. But it can start today.

So what do you know about what to recycle and what to throw away? With no shame, I googled ‘how to properly recycle.’ Luckily there are plenty of helpful websites. Once of which is wm.com, Waste Management Recycling 101. It lists three basic rules: recycle cans, bottles, paper and cardboard, keep food and liquid out of your recycling and no loose plastic and no bagged recyclables. Now if you still have concerns like I did, you scroll down a little bit further and they break it down into categories. You can even select a specific object, like if you want just cardboard, metal or glass. And finally they answered common myths surrounding recycling. All this information is found on https://www.wm.com/us/en/recycle-right/recycling-101

But there were plenty of other websites to look at for how to properly recycle. I know right off the bat I was skeptical about it just because. But now I think it is a great idea that will better our college.

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