According to Nicole Gravedoni, C-SC Student Government Association (SGA) president, the student group made implementation of recycling on campus a high priority.
“The program really began to gain momentum when students met with city of Canton officials last fall, urging the city to begin a program in which C-SC could be a participant,” said Dale Zschoche, C-SC chief facilities and community development officer. “Previously the challenge was to find vendors who would travel to Canton to pick up the recyclables.”
Canton officials and C-SC students discussed different options for the recycling effort: what types of recyclables would be collected; where recycling bins would be placed; and who would gather the recycling.
The results are that all public buildings at C-SC will have a complete three-part collection bin system, with smaller recycling containers placed in various areas throughout the buildings. Once all of the bins have been placed on campus, students will provide most of the collection labor during the school year. The facilities staff has provided a specially equipped room to sort and store recyclables. C-SC expects to finish installing the bins shortly.
“The C-SC facilities staff will help with several aspects of the program, since one anticipated benefit is the reduction of the trash generated on campus,” Zschoche added.
The funds that will be generated from the recycling program will first be used to pay back the initial costs of starting the program, and any additional revenue will be put toward future student activities.
“Hopefully, we can generate enough funding to provide for all residence halls and Greek houses to have recycling bins as well,” said Gravedoni. “The SGA will also be providing a standardized flyer for students to place in their rooms or bathrooms to notify maintenance and housekeeping that materials are recyclable, and the students will take care of removing them.”
City officials have made an agreement with Timberline, Co., to park a trailer from Quincy Recycle on its parking lot to receive recyclables on Saturdays, according to Cindy Kell, the Canton City Clerk. Every Saturday, starting February 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., volunteers from C-SC and the Canton area will staff the lot at 508 N. Fourth Street, to gather recyclables from the campus and community and sort them into the appropriate containers. The city will accept all recyclable materials. Funding for the first quarter of the program has been donated by the Lewis County Industrial Development Authority.
“I am so excited” said Gravedoni. “After three years of conversations, research, and roadblocks, recycling on campus is finally possible through the help of students, the community, and some funding. This is a testament to the impact students can have on their community, and it proves that dedication pays off.”
Gravedoni also urges anyone who is interested in volunteering on Saturdays through the end of the school year to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, Drew Thompson, SGA vice president, at email@example.com,or Gina Osburn, chair of the recycling committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 70 students who volunteer individually and not as part of a group will receive a free t-shirt with the C-SC recycling logo on it.
“I am proud to say that there is tremendous enthusiasm on the part of the students to have a robust program,” said Zschoche.
Other steps taken by Culver-Stockton to “Green the Hill” include: eliminating trays in the lunchroom to conserve water; re-lamping lights to reduce energy consumption; and introducing reusable beverage containers in the library coffee shop and in the Cat’s Pause dining area on campus.
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