Recycling on the Newman University campus is back thanks to Newman’s Circle K International club and the Laudato Si’ Committee.
“Many individuals may have heard the expression, ‘it takes a village,’ and at Newman, it takes all of us — students, faculty, and staff — working together to successfully reintroduce recycling on campus,” said Sister Therese Wetta, director of mission effectiveness at Newman.
All individuals on the Newman University campus are asked to recycle:
- Alumninum cans
- Plastic bottles
Items that cannot be recycled include:
- Styrofoam (of any shape, any size, any type)
- Motor oils or any oils
- Hazardous waste bio products
- Hospital waste
- Food waste
- Plastic grocery bags
- Mirror glass
- Tinted glass
- Safety glass
- Household appliances
- Automotive parts
- Construction debris
To help lessen the possibility of contamination with other trash, trash cans can be found next to the green boxes.
Wetta continued, “Thank you for helping the Newman community take better care of Mother Earth, reduce trash on campus and be a partner with the Laudato Si’ Committee and Circle K Club.”
Bringing recycling back
Blue recycling bins have been present on campus for several years, but around 2020, recycling stopped due to a series of contamination charges from nonrecyclable items being put in the recycling bins.
This summer, the president of Circle K International at Newman Ashley Dinh applied for a grant through Kiwanis International to bring recycling back to campus.
In an interview with The Vantage student newspaper, Dinh said that the inspiration for submitting the grant proposal came from her time as a senator for the Newman Student Government Association.
“During my term as a senator, a bill for reusable containers for the cafeteria was passed, so I thought it would be a great idea to bring recycling back to make the campus more environmentally friendly,” Dinh said.
Dinh’s grant was approved, and both the Laudato Si’ Committee and Circle K have worked together to reduce contamination with nonrecyclable items by posting signs that outline what can and cannot be recycled. Dinh said she hopes that this will reduce confusion for faculty, staff and students.
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