|A familiar sight to most Carleton students, this is one of two "roll-offs" in front of Musser. Students generate an enormous quantity of waste during move-out. Facilities places roll-offs in front of dorms to capture the tidal wave of garbage.|
|Pictured here is approximately half of the box lunches that were commissioned for graduation. In total, 4000 disposable box lunches were produced.|
|A large banner that was posted for high visibility near the food service area|
|The day after graduation, Henri finds a $140 bouquet of fresh roses in the dumpster. Happy graduation.|
This commencement week made me vastly more apathetic towards my efforts to recover resources during the normal term. The volume, the quantity of resources heading to the landfill is, in this single move-out week, an order of magnitude greater than all the resources we recovered in the ten weeks before that.
I am inspired to concentrate my efforts on making the move-out process cleaner, more efficient, more sustainable, more organized.
For one, it is obvious that recycling and compost must be provided as additional options for excess waste during move-out. As it is, the roll-off is used indiscriminately for all types of waste.
Secondly, it is clear to me that Lighten Up must be more rigorously advertised. Although the participation rate is high, there are still many student who are wither unaware of the donation venue or who undervalue their possessions. Clearly, if Townies are coming to Carleton to root through our dumpsters, their are still lots of good things that could be diverted towards the Lighten Up sale.
Thirdly, I think it is time for the administration and for Facilities to consider a change in college policy. As it is, students are so incredibly rushed to get out of their dorms, that they do not have the time to make responsible decisions. As a result, they end up throwing away thousands of dollars worth of resources.