Environmental club is hosting a two-week program to promote recycling. The idea was to create an incentive for people to recycle and raise awareness and use of the red recycling bins in the cafeteria. The prizes are $15-20 gift cards, which had been donated by local places such as TCBY and Melly’s. Sophomore Ada Throckmorton is a member of environmental club and has spent some of her lunches manning the booth.
“We want people to realize that many of the things that they throw away can be recycled,” said Throckmorton.
Students receive a square ticket for every item that they recycle from their lunch. Items include zip-loc bags, water bottles and brown paper bags. The last drawing will be this Friday. One winner will be drawn at random and the student who recycled the most will also win. Two winners will be announced for each lunch.
After last weeks results Throckmorton thinks that the program is raising awareness but needs tweaking if they are to use it in the future.
“I think that this program has reminded a lot of people what an easy option recycling is and also what can be recycled,” Throckmorton said. “However the participation in the drawing does not reflect the increased levels of recycling.”
Sophomore Utsa Ramaswami participates in recycling but doesn’t enter the drawing.
“Writing your name on a chance ticket for every item you recycled is annoying and time consuming,” Ramaswami said.