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Recycling efforts broaden

Tuesday, February 5, 2008  
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By Alison Roberts

The Student Government Association at Oklahoma Christian University is increasing the campus-wide recycling campaign. Three new containers have been placed throughout the campus center for students to dispose of their used plastic bottles.

"There are three locations for bottle recycling at the moment: near the snack bar, in the coffee shop and in the SGA office," SGA President Ryan Smith said.

The new bins for bottles join the paper recycling program begun by SGA last semester. Bins for paper disposal were placed near each printer on campus and future locations are in the works.

"We are currently ordering more bins to put in the departments," Smith said.

SGA made the decision to implement the recycling program because they felt it was their duty.

"We thought as a Christian campus, we should be better stewards with the things on earth and that being wasteful was irresponsible," Smith said.

According to RecycleOK.org, the website of the Oklahoma Recycling Association, garbage is a big problem in the United States. More than 500 pieces of advertising mail are received each year by the average American, and 30 percent of solid waste consists of packaging materials. Twenty percent of the food purchased in the United States each year is thrown away, amounting to 48 million tons. 40 percent of garbage consists of paper or paperboard.

After recyclables are dropped off in bins around campus, they are bagged and picked up by Midland Recycling, a company based in Oklahoma City.

Students generally support the idea of the program, but the initial phases of the initiative showed lackluster participation.

"Last semester, it seemed to have a rough start in getting the ball rolling," Smith said. "This semester more people are jumping on board, and it is catching on a lot more."

Many students claimed they failed to participate in the program because they just did not think it was accessible to them.

"I think a lot of students know [about the program]," senior Wendy Sanders said. "They don't know how they can help personally because there isn't enough information about the locations and the importance of recycling."



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