University to extend RecycALL program
Towson University has found a new way to contribute to its Go Green campaign. Starting next fall, electronic recycling, or e-cycling, the collection, re-use, breakdown or repair of unwanted electronics, will become available on campus.
The e-cycling program is an extension of the RecycALL program. It will be made available to all residents on campus with one container per building, according to Elliot Glotfelty, Student Government Association director of civic engagement. The container will allow for separation of small electronics and printer cartridges. In addition, batteries and CFL light bulbs recycling will be made available at the community center desks. Approximately $6,000 was allotted for the project out of the SGA’s Green Fund.
Glotfelty said there are many areas where students can recycle their unwanted electronics, but most locations are either in obscure locations or inconveniently placed.
“Access in the residence halls is where the most impact could be made. Students are more likely to recycle if the opportunity is given in close proximity,” he said. “[Obscure and inconvenient container placements] often [hinders] students desire to recycle items that shouldn’t be thrown into the waste stream, especially batteries. In addition, the burden of carrying the recyclables to other buildings decreases the likelihood someone will actually participate in the program.”
The idea began with Glotfelty and the SGA’s Civic Engagement Committee’s proposal presentation to the President’s Climate Commitment Committee. This was shortly after Glotfelty noticed the inconvenience of having to carry batteries and printer cartridges to the University Union to dispose of them.
“I started a collection box on my floor in Tower C and noticed that a lot of people utilized the box because of its convenience. I feel like Towson students really would like to dispose of items properly, but do not know where to or do not want to take the time to do so,” he said. “Having e-cycling available in the residence halls encourages environmental responsibility as well.”
SGA Director of Community Outreach Paulomi Dholakia said the establishment and expansion of RecycALL is a great achievement for Towson University and hopes people will take full advantage of the program.
The SGA is working in conjunction with the local e-waste collection company CDM eCycling on the project, according to Glotfelty. He said this will definitely put Towson on the map as a leader of green universities.
“I think the University is definitely headed and has been moving in the right direction going green the past couple of years. From sustainable construction to the implementation of a great recycling program, Towson has really made strides in becoming one of the greenest colleges in the country,” Glotfelty said. “Towson is showing schools what is possible, and that’s a good place to be.”