More than 80 colleges and universities (plus our one lone community college / sole Arizona school!) are participating in a competition to see who can divert the most waste from one football game in October. We haven't done recycling at the stadium before, so we are going to try it out for the first time as part of this challenge and we'll see how we do. If you think about it, a lot of water and juice bottles are tossed out at the stadium all the time: during games, events, and even during the day when community members come to run, walk, and exercise. Leading up the game day, we hope to roll out some information to get folks aware and interested. At the game, we'll reduce the number of trash cans available and pair up the ones that are left with a recycling bin, creating several recycling stations. We'll have some fun games and prizes too. We'll need someone at the main gate letting all entrants know about the recycling competition and encouraging them to recycle. We'll also need some folks to be at the recycling stations and make sure the right waste goes to the right place. If YOU are interested in volunteering before or during the game, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch with more information.
DUMPSTER DIVE, NUMBER FIVE
Our 5th Annual Dumpster Dive is soon approaching, this year's date is Friday, November 19. This coincides with America Recycles Day earlier in the week. If you haven't been to our Dumpster Dive before, it's quite fun and a big eye-opener (so we have been told!). We sort through one 24-hour period worth of trash generated at the Southern/Dobson campus to find out what we are sending off to the landfill. Everyone is always surprised at how much trash is generated at MCC in just one day, and about all the things that are not being recycled but could have been. Here's a link to some photos from last years, and the captions include some of the statistics and info gathered. Dumpster Dive 2009
Here are some of the comments about last year's Dumpster Dive:
- It was a very interesting experience. I never knew how much material that was not recyclable was put into recycling bins. I know a lot more about which materials are recyclable and I respect the process of it.
- It was very shocking to see how much recyclable material was mixed with regular trash. I learned that it doesn’t take much to recycle and everyone should! It was a satisfying feeling to know I was of help for the project.
- That was actually more fun than I thought. If you worked around a good group of people, the time flies and you definitely have more fun. People really don’t think before they throw stuff away. We need to watch ourselves.
- I had fun. It’s good to get out of the class and go to the next level, even though it was digging through garbage. It was good to see so many people out helping out in the Dumpster Dive. There were some rather unpleasant items found. But all in all it was a somewhat clean process.
- When you throw something away you never really think about it again. For this reason alone, it might be a beneficial requirement for all school children to experience a dumpster dive day. If you have to think about trash still existing, after you're through with it, then you will be more conscientious about how you behave, with regards to consuming and recycling.
Come volunteer for Dumpster Dive. We have both 'clean' and 'dirty' jobs, but both are very fun. The event runs from 8am-noon, but we could also use help at 7am and from 12-2pm with set-up and clean-up. Contact email@example.com for more information.
We hope you volunteer or show up at one or both events. Recycling is VERY important; it protects the limited resources that this planet has to offer, and it reduces the amount of stuff that we bury in the ground and try to forget about.
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That's it for this post. Have a wonderful week!