On Feb. 25, Doane’s Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH) is partnering with Common Grounds to hold a recycling event, that will be educating students on the impacts and the how to of recycling, according to Doane's website.
Junior Zachary Renshaw believes that recycling is important but thinks that people should cut down on single use plastics.
“It is much better for the environment if people reduce the amount of single-use plastics that they are using and if the reuse containers as much as possible,” Renshaw said.
According to Epa.gov “The total Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) recycled was 67.8 million tons, with paper and paperboard accounting for approximately 67 percent of that amount. Metals comprised about 12 percent, while glass, plastic and wood made up between 4 and 5 percent”
While it might be a nice goal, Director of Doane's IHPH Amanda McKinney said that unless its mandated not everyone in the US will recycle, “I don't think recycling will ever happen on a wide scale in the US unless it's mandated and everyone has easy access to recycling services.”
Student. Project Manager David Dudley believes that recycling isn’t the most important thing.
“Focus on reduction, reuse, and if all else fails, recycling,” Dudley said. “That last step is important, but we should remember that it is the LAST step in the process, not the beginning.”
The Recycling Event will take place on February 25 in Communications 188 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.