As the three-week “East vs. West” campus-wide recycling drive draws to a close, HWS faculty and staff are being asked to pitch in over spring break and give their side the edge.
Using Pulteney Street as the dividing line to split the campus into two teams, the “East Side vs. West Side” competition will end on Monday, March 22, allowing faculty, staff and students left on campus just one week to push the rates from their side up and win the “Green” title.
“The rates on each side of campus are within six-tenths of a point of each other,” says Jamie Landi ’08, the Colleges’ Sustainability Coordinator. “We audited student residence halls. They kept the competition close, but faculty and staff recycling efforts will end up dictating which side wins.”
Over the past weeks, residence halls, departments and offices have gone head-to-head to earn the title. Eligible items for recycling include: cardboard, clean boxboard, office paper, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, envelopes, file folders, aluminum cans, tin cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles #1-7. The waste from buildings on each side of campus is being sampled and a cumulative recycling rate for each side is being calculated, with more results pouring in daily. It is important that individuals do not include items with food waste or liquids that could spread onto other clean recyclables in order to ensure that the most amount of items are recyclable.
“East Side vs. West Side” is part of RecycleMania, an 8-week intercollegiate recycling competition between 600 Colleges and Universities that runs until Saturday, March 27. The Colleges are working to promote recycling in hopes of raising the recycling rate from its current 18 percent to 30 percent. In addition to “East Side vs. West Side” the Green Team has hosted the “Be Green, Go Blue Recycling Hunt” and the “Get Caught Green Handed” competition, which lasts the duration of RecycleMania. Requests for help with your “spring cleaning” of recyclables can be directed to email@example.com.
In the photo above, staff members from Alumni House have fun with their spring cleaning in an effort to win the “Green” title.