By: Helen Hudson
Recently, a rumor emerged in the hallowed halls of St. Mary's: we do not recycle. However, we are here to debunk this myth. Find out more here.
For years, the St. Mary's halls have been teeming with blue recycling bins. But a few weeks ago Environmental Club discovered that St. Mary’s was not actually recycling materials put into the bins. Until a few weeks ago, the blue bins were being mistakenly dumped into the trashcan. Tashi Wischmeyer, co-president of the Environmental Club (12), said, “the after school clean up crew didn't understand that they were supposed to put it in the recycling bins, and so the program stopped and no one really knew why.” The Environmental Club met with Dr. Steakley and, according to Abby Baskind (12), also co-president of the Environmental Club,“The miscommunications have been mitigated and they’re actually recycling now.”
There is now not only a push to recycle but to recycle properly. Dr. Steakley emphasized that the classroom bins are for paper, while the larger hallway bins with circular holes are solely for plastic bottles. “When we do not put the correct type of material in the proper bins, the night men have to sort through them and clean out the trash, making the whole process more problematic,” she said.
Furthermore, in an effort to promote environmental sustainability in the cafeteria, by request from Dr. Steakley, the St. Mary’s cafeteria has switched from styrofoam to-go boxes to biodegradable paper ones. To further this step towards preservation, students can do our part by not requesting a single-use box but instead asking for a reusable plate. It is these small steps that will eventually help the St. Mary’s community become a more environmentally-friendly institution.