By Andrhea Massey –
RMC’s recycling team is starting a campus-wide recycling competition between the east and west ends of campus including Rimview Hall, Jorgenson Hall, Anderson Hall, and Widenhouse Hall. While a prize has yet to be determined, the competition begins October 1st and ends at the end of the month. Small totes for dorm rooms can be requested by contacting Gabriel Aponte at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrhea Massey at email@example.com. Recycling is collected in black, rolling bins marked with the recycling symbol, located beside each dumpster, or in smaller bins in various places around campus. Whichever team collects the most recyclable materials by Halloween wins the competition! “We need this to promote recycling,” said Gabriel Aponte, a key member of the recycling team. While the team collected 334.6 pounds of recyclable materials this week, it still isn’t enough. According to Susan Murphy, a journalist for Textile Waste Diversion Inc., “Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year, 40 billion soft drink cans and bottles every year, and 38 billion plastic bags. Placed end to end, they would reach to the moon and back hundreds of times.”
Barbara Mikulski,senior United States Senator from Maryland, once said: “Each one of us can make a difference. Together we can make a change.” RMC’s recycling team believes in this with all their hearts. If students and faculty work together as a campus, we can make a difference. In fact, if the recycling project here at RMC succeeds in involving the entire campus with their project, they intend to expand and recycle in the entire community. “Ideally, Rocky should be a place where the community can bring their recycling,” stated Dr. Lucas Ward, Director of the recycling program. The campus competition is just one small step towards a greener world. “Competition makes people motivated. I’m looking forward to seeing people really getting into recycling,” said Lydea Schneider, a freshman. The entire recycling team is looking forward to seeing RMC faculty and students get really into recycling as well – so let the competition begin!