The need for off- campus recycling
Luke Schnieder–Indy Contributor
Currently having lived in numerous different off campus options, I have found one inconvenient
truth about off campus living at Illinois State University. That is fact is most apartment complexes that
are not on campus do not have a place for recycling. This poses a considerable problem because of the
importance of recycling. Recycling helps conserves raw materials by taking old products and making new
products. This in turn helps the need consume precious resources, which in turn will help reduce our
carbon footprint. It isn’t hard to convince people the importance of recycling, but for some reason here
at Illinois State it is extremely difficult to recycle off campus.
Illinois State is a campus full of people not from the area. Only 18.8 % of students here at Illinois
State are from McLean and surrounding counties (http://illinoisstate.edu/quickfacts) , which in turn
means that 81.2% of student are either from either other parts of Illinois or outside of the state or
country. This means that even if this large amount of students wanted to recycle they simply do not
know how recycling works in Normal unless they do some considerable research.
Within the dorms and around campus there are various locations where you can dispose of cardboard,
paper, cans, bottles, plastics and other recyclable material, but unfortunately it becomes more difficult
on what to do with these items when one off campus lives off campus. Nearly all of the off campus
apartments do not have an option on where to place these recyclables. So what do you do with these
recyclables if you don’t live in a dorm?
The town of Normal offers eight locations in the town where you can drop off recycling, but only
one location is located near student off campus housing .Although this is helpful, many of the students
here at Illinois State have a million things going on we do not have the time to take these recyclables to
that specific place or to do the research that I did to find out where to take recyclables. Additionally
there is another problem as many of the students do not own cars and cannot drive their recyclables
over to one of these drop off locations. It is a good idea to have some recyclable drop off location, but
it becomes pretty obvious that there needs to be something done about this problem. It is very easy to see
how important recycling is to the environment and to save the precious resources that we have. So what
can be done?
Currently online on change.org there is a petition to the city of Normal and off campus
reality to require recycling options for off-campus living. The petition states
“Providing apartments with recycling bins would allow us the opportunity to recycle our waste
in a responsible and impactful way… By signing this petition, I state my desire for recycling in all off-campus apartments”.
When writing this, the petition had nearly 600 supporters and was stillgrowing. Although it may
seem like a small contribution, by signing this petition you are helping carve the way for a more efficient
and environmentally friendly Normal. Your contribution can help current students and future recycle
and do their part. If you feel recycling is important for the city of normal and our world then I would
encourage you to sign this petition.
Here is the link for the online petition