First-year students can expect a gift to arrive at their dorm door this month: a small recycling bin, courtesy of Kenyon’s Environmental Campus Organization (ECO).
The College gave ECO $10,000 last year for 300 recycling bins, which will be ordered next week. The plan is to make sure all first-year dorm rooms have bins.
If money is left over, ECO may buy bins for areas such as the Kenyon Athletic Center or the bookstore, according to Director of Green Initiatives Dave Heithaus. They do not have the money to put recycling bins in all upperclassman dorms yet, Heithaus said.
According to Heithaus, ECO chose to target first-year dorms because it wants first years to get in the habit of recycling.
“Coming in, they don’t know what to expect in terms of solid waste,” he said. “If you show up, and there’s a recycling bin in my room, and it very clearly tells me to recycle. It becomes a routine.”
ECO members will deliver the bins to first years personally so they can open a dialogue about proper recycling practices.
Though every hall has recycling bins, a bin inside the dorm rooms could remind students that recycling should always be part of one’s routine, according to ECO member Sarah Oleisky ’16.
By the end of the year, ECO hopes to have recycling bins in all dorm rooms on campus, Heithaus said. There are no plans as of yet regarding how ECO will fund this.
This year, Heithaus hopes to follow through on more green initiatives, and is currently working on how professors can incorporate Kenyon environmental spaces into their curricula.
“Now’s the time,” he said. “We’ve got the interest, we’ve got the staff and we have a responsibility to do these things.”