This archived article was written by: Kellie Henderson
Whether you live in the dorms or off campus, garbage accumulates quickly and can be a big hassle. Most of what we throw away can be recycled, and at the SUN Center at College of Eastern Utah there is a program making this possible.
You’ve probably seen the recycling bins all over campus – in the post office, the tin can collection in the CBB Building. CEU has had recycling for the past year, with Evan Peyton leading the current program.
Colby Majors began the recycling program that Peyton now oversees. Peyton, a sophomore, began doing projects for the SUN Center last year and decided to lead recycling because, “I like the outdoors and I wanted to help out. I’m not a major tree hugger or anything.”
There are about 10 bins on campus, mostly in the copy centers that use the most paper. However, recycling may be available in the dorms in a few weeks. There are bins available for tin can and paper recycling, but plastic items are also accepted from students, just e-mail the SUN Center to have it collected.
Recycling not only reduces waste but lessens our impact on the environment. According to Peyton, “It’s just as easy as throwing something away, you just have to stop and think for a second- ‘I have this huge stack of paper, old notes from an old class or something, instead of just chucking it in the bin, I’ll take it to recycling …
“I think the main push is the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse, recycle with the first two the biggest ones. Just reducing our waste and thinking about reusing things – ‘do I really need this much paper? Can I use less of it? If I have a notebook and I only use half of it can I use the rest of the next semester?’ ”
Peyton collects the material every other week, then delivers the recycling to a couple in Price who ships it to the Orem recycling center once a month.