Facilities Operations and Maintenance recently created the position of recycling coordinator to help bolster recycling efforts on campus.
Alexandria Wojcik '07 (English) is the first to fill the part-time, student position.
Brian Obach (Sociology), chair of the Environmental Task Force, said, "I worked with students on recycling for a couple of years, but hiring someone to take responsibility for this represents real commitment to improving our recycling system. Alex [Wojcik] is doing a great job."
Through the efforts of Wojcik and Obach, the college has entered RecycleMania, a 10-week, national competition that measures the amount of recyclable materials participating colleges and universities collect.
On Feb. 6, Wojcik conducted the first weekly weigh-in with a small group of students. They gathered and weighed recycling materials from campus residence halls, with a few halls recycling between 20 and 70 pounds of materials. Weigh-ins will be held each week until April 7.
It is Obach's hope that the competition will energize students about recycling.
"We face stiff competition from schools that have been involved for years, but I'm confident that if we keep at it, within a couple of years we'll be leading the nation," said Obach.
Brian Pine, director of Facilities Operations and Maintenance, said increased efforts will be seen across campus with new recycling containers being installed in academic areas in the coming weeks.
February 12, 2007
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