Recycling and Composting on Laurentian University’s Campus

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Laurentian University is a large campus with many different buildings for classrooms. Sure there are recycling bins around campus, but have you ever see one in a classroom? How about a compost bin? Unfortunately the answer is no. Laurentian does not make recycling accessible, and doesn’t provide composting options at all in classrooms and public buildings/spaces on campus. Recycling and composting are necessities when it comes to reducing our waste as humans. It is our duty to place our waste in the proper bins to be disposed of. Stats Canada says that there is a concern that Canada's landfills are reaching capacity and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find sites for new ones. Landfills also produce approximately 25% of Canada's methane emissions (methane is a powerful greenhouse gas). Residential composting can reduce the amount of waste shipped to landfills, and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions formed from organic material decomposing in these landfills. Recycling can also help reduce the amount of waste entering landfills and help conserve natural resources. In the data collected by Stats Canada, in 2011, 61% of Canadian households had participated in some form of composting, and on average, 89.5% recycled. Therefore, if so many Canadians have access to composting and and recycling, why does Laurentian make these disposal bins so inaccessible? This petition is in support of Environmental Education students who are passionate about helping our environmental. Therefore, we are fighting to get recycling and composting bins in classrooms at Laurentian University. So if you want to do your part in helping our planet, support making composting and recycling more accessible to Laurentian University students. It may seem like a small change, but it is the little things that make the biggest impact.