Above, one of three mounds at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Waterloo, NY, as seen from the west side of Seneca Lake approximately eight miles away (through a telephoto lens). Credit: Kevin Colton, HWS.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011


I was going to do another post about Seneca Meadows Landfill this week, but then I noticed something in my dorm that bothered me. In the girl's bathroom stall on Potter 3, the basket being used for tampons and bathroom tissue is one of the HWS recycles bins. This just goes to show how seriously, or not seriously, some people take recycling. Even if whoever decided it should be used like this didn't mean any disrespect to the program, it shows others that where they throw things doesn't actually matter.

It seemed to be a continuing theme on my floor as I walked out of the bathroom and realized that the larger HWS recycling bin in our hallway is also not being used correctly. There is a leak in our ceiling, and it is being used to catch the water, not being used for recycling. There is an issue here. Obviously seeing these things is not encouraging for people that want to trust that their trash is going to be recycled if they put it in the recycling bins. If our school is seriously committed to the 10 and 10 program, there are a lot of things that could be changed to make it successful.

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