March 17, 2012

Treasure in the Trash

Sometimes getting green means getting dirty. As part of a “Garbology” event on March 13, students on Wentworth’s Green Team opened up bags of trash on a tarp on the quad, sorting through the trash heap for recyclable paper, aluminum, and plastic items. The chocolate bars, loaf of bread, cookies, slice of strawberry cheesecake, and polka-dot rain boots they pulled out of the trash bags were placed on display for students to see exactly how much they can waste during any given week.

The “Garbology” event is part of an eight-week, nationwide higher-education recycling competition, Recyclemania, which pits Wentworth against 600 other schools to see who can recycle the most waste. The event is also a part of the Green Team’s “Green Spirit Week,” which runs from Monday, March 12 through St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and includes a crazy hat day as well as a dodge ball tournament in Tansey Gym. 

The president of the Green Team, Nick Dempsey, BCET ’14, says that while the main goal is to win the Recyclemania competition, he hopes events such as “Garbology” also help generate interest in recycling and give students an idea of their impact on the environment.  

“There’s really no reason to use new resources when you can take what you already have and just recycle it,” says Dempsey. “So the more that we promote Recyclemania and the more that people learn about recycling and the things that you can and can’t recycle, the less waste there will be.”

The Green Team will also be hosting an Earth Day Carnival on April 12, from 11:00 pm until 2:00 pm on the quad. For more information visit Wentworth’s Recyclemania blog.

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