CGS Trash Turn In
Thinking outside the box… or bucket, the Community Service Club at the College of General Studies got faculty and staff to turn in their trashcans and think twice before they threw anything away. In February these dedicated students enlisted the help of CGS Staff Adviser Heidi Chase and FMP Area Manager Gary Santos to develop a voluntary program to remove desk-side trash cans from faculty and staff offices but keep their recycle bins. The idea was for people to be responsible for their own trash and carry it to a central location on their floor.
Those who opted to participate received a sticker for their door to show and reward them for their commitment to the environment and remind custodial staff that they don’t need to enter the room to collect the trash. On February 29th the custodial staff collected the unwanted trashcans from the participants. The expectation is that by changing the system, participants would change their behavior, recycle more consistently, and think about the waste they generate – such as bringing lunch in a reusable container rather than a disposable paper bag and use their re-usable mug.
Heidi Chase says the programs has been quite successful since its launch over two months ago noting, ”Of the 76 CGS faculty and staff that were invited, 50 are participating, and no one has asked for their trash can back.”