Student body begins recycling
Monday, October 1, 2007
By Ryan Holly
campus-wide recycling project will enable students, faculty and staff
to contribute to the conservation clean up of our environment.
really don’t want the recycling project to just be an SGA function. One
of my goals is to make the recycling project a campus-wide effort. We
are happily accepting all the help that we can receive so just e-mail
me if you have any ideas,” Student Government Association President
Ryan Smith said.
recycling project first began in the spring 2007 semester. SGA
developed the project through the summer, and now faculty, staff and
students can participate to secure the project’s success.
has a campus improvement committee, and they are really the motivation
behind the recycling program. Ryan Smith, the SGA President, did a
great deal of the work over the summer to get the program ready.
Collection boxes have been placed in most every office or office area
on campus,” the Dean of Students Neil Arter said. “This should make it
easier for faculty, staff and students to participate. As recycling
gets easier to be involved in, I hope that more and more people on
campus will do what they can to help the project.”
work on the recycling project shows the campus’ awareness of
pollution’s negative effects. The campus must work together in order to
make the recycling project a success.
risks of pollution: overfilling landfills, crippling the clean air
supply, overusing fossil fuels, damaging what renewable resources we
have. There are a lot. Pollution may not present itself as a major
threat, but I’m sure no one back in Ohio (where I’m from) in 1969 saw
the Cuyahoga River catching on fire, but it did,” sophomore Seth Newell
said. “Humans take vitamins and some pills to prevent illness. Why not
do the same with pollution? Small steps are the only way to
and paper are among the most detrimental materials to the environment.
These two materials are also commonly used around campus.
is toxic to manufacture and takes ages to break down after disposing of
it in the wastelands. I think that instead of the normal, cheap
Styrofoam cups we should be using recyclable paper cups, slightly more
expensive but definitely better for the environment. Being cheap isn’t
a big theme on campus anyway, so why not protect the environment while
we’re at it?” sophomore Jachlyn Hayhurst said.
is another resource we should focus on recycling. I was reading up on
recycling paper the other day, and I found that if we recycle just one
ton of paper we could save 17 trees, 6,952 gallons of water, 462
gallons of oil and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy.”
small changes like adding recycling seem insignificant, the size of
change is not as important as the motivation for change that can
am reading a book called The Irresistible Revolution by Shane
Claiborne, and a main idea in this book is that one person can make a
difference even if it is just to one other person. He explains that
whether or not we are making a big difference by ourselves is not
really the point. The point is to be committed to a life of love and
serving like Christ was,” senior Becka Farr said. “Even little
decisions like choosing to recycle paper or not to buy clothes made in
a sweatshop, or to put aside money for wells in Africa are all significant in that they show devotion to taking care of the world we live in and the people God has placed here.”
recycling bins on campus are property of Midland Recycling Company.
This company calculates a resource report revealing the positive
effects of campus-wide recycling.
our first pick up, Midland Recycling Company will provide a report on
how many pounds we recycled, how much energy we conserved and how many
trees were saved by recycling our paper,” Smith said.
Some students see recycling as part of a calling to take care of the world in which we live.
is important to take care of the world that God gave us. God gave man
dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:26-28) so why not make it so that the
earth lasts until He returns?” Newell said.
In order for this project to work, participation is required.
“I hope that students will be aware of the positive affect this is having and join in. America
is such a wasteful nation, but recycling is one of the movements that
helps make people more conscious of the way they are using what they
have. I think it will be a great start to making OC and the entire
community more aware of how we can make the best use of our resources,”