Get more compost bins, signage, and have better waste education at Bennington!

Get more compost bins, signage, and have better waste education at Bennington!

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Ava RENZ a lancé cette pétition adressée à Bennington College administration

There’s a lot of food waste that comes out of Bennington College, a lot of it we can’t do anything about but a lot of it we can! I would like to get the administration to add most compost bins around campus, have informational signage at waste disposal points, and promote better waste education trainings at the beginning of the term.

Now that the dining hall is mostly take out people can’t dispose of their waste where there’s a clear system and so a lot of compostable material is going in the garbage. One problem is that there are not many compost bins around commons and campus, only trash cans. Now that people have to take their food to go and could be eating anywhere I think there should be big, clearly labeled compost bins all around campus.

Likewise, each dorm kitchen only has a small metal compost bin for scraps. There are industrial compost bins outside the houses but it is much easier to throw away your lunch in the trash bins inside. I’ve talk to many students that think that if something is ‘compostable’ that means that it will decompose anywhere, even if it’s thrown in the trash can. However, our takeout containers and utensils need to be processed through an industrial composter otherwise they’re just like any other piece of trash. this is why I propose that we have clearer compost education and signage throughout our campus.

The problem goes further than compost. We have recycling bins all over campus but no education around what can go in them. Only number 1 and 2 plastics are able to be recycled and the plastic must be completely clean. It’s important to have signage at the bins themselves so that people can double check before they thrown something out.

Here’s a great video that explains how to sort leftovers into trash, recycling and compost! I think something like this (more geared to college students) should be shown at the beginning of each term and left accessible to students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=t1wHDrxPOX0&feature=emb_logo

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