Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3rd Week

It looks like all this food should have been left out on the counter. But NO, we actually took it out of the landfill bin in the kitchen! The waste crew starts off the shift with a greasy breakfast.

More nicely intact food from the landfill.

Textiles are a common occurrence in our landfill waste stream. Textiles are also highly recyclable, because the fibers can be used for a number of applications such as stuffing in pillows and couches. However, Carleton does not have a textiles recycling system in place. In the ideal world, students of this campus would repair clothing when it tears in specific places. As you can see, though it is torn in one small place, this fabric is in quite good condition.

An egregious misuse of the landfill waste stream. Cardboard and aluminum are valuable  recyclable materials.

Here is another instance of many recyclable materials found in the landfill waste stream. In this case, the issue arose because recycling bins were removed from the hallways and taken into someones room to use as a beer pong table (a popular use for the "slim jim" containers in residence halls). Unfortunately, the people who decided to co-opt the recycling receptacles failed to return them in time for their floor-mates with recyclable waste. Consequently, the landfill bin gets filled up with aluminum and cardboard.

This is a wild compost receptacle, meaning this is the condition we found it in. And as you will see, it is a happy sight. There are three items in here that we work hard to promote as compost to the student body: friday flowers, sayles boxes, and paper towels.

This is a very courteous thing, and something that warms my heart as a trash man. Rather than stuffing recyclable materials into the top of the bin, so that it is overflowing and difficult to empty, the residents of this floor have placed a paper bag with their excess recyclable materials on the floor next to the recycling bin. This is also a smart move because it suggests that these people did not take the fullness of a receptacle as an indication that it would be necessary for them to direct all further recyclables to the landfill bin (which, being larger, is typically not yet full). Oftentimes, we see students chucking their recyclable materials into the landfill bin simply because the local recycling bin is full.

No comments:

Post a Comment