The "Not Your Lawn" Lawn... Use a Trash Bin

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In every building I have been in at the University of Maryland, I have seen plenty of bins for both regular trash and for recycling. Although, what I have not seen, are more bins both outside and around the UMD campus. The construction is already a sight for sore eyes because it is distracting from the greenery of the campus. However, the biggest challenge to the natural beauty of the campus is all the litter found all over campus, specifically its parking lots and many lawns. Being a commuter, I often see that the amount of litter overpowers the number of trash and recycling bins. One day I was walking to my car from McKeldin Library, passing by Dorchester Hall towards Tawes, I noticed many cups and plastic utensils on the lawns behind and around McKeldin. It is most disturbing to see McDonald’s and coffee cups on the lawn because it makes the campus less attractive and appealing. The trash bins outside are usually blocks away, or in the opposite direction where someone is going. 

The goal is to reduce the common waste found outside that harms the environment and animal life. Not only are plenty of squirrels seen while walking on campus, but there are also numerous amounts of dogs being walked. The waste that contaminates them, will end up in the campus sewers, and into the river they go. The waste circulates around campus due to the rain or wind. This leads to litter found around the neighborhood as well, which also calls for more public trash bins to reduce waste.

It is important that President Loh, UMD Facilities Management, and Councilman P.J. Brennan of College Park come together to help put more accessible trash bins on the UMD campus and the surrounding area. Most of this accumulated trash is picked up at the Potomac River, about more than 1 million pounds of trash. Daily litter removal costs about more than $300,000 a year, despite recycling improvements on campus. Given the circumstances and importance UMD has put on recycling, it is easier for the trash collectors to keep the campus clean than to collect the litter and waste left on campus.

Let’s not make this a trashy campus, but a beautiful green UMD.



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