Recap and Recycle

Since that one semester when we had to take Gateway, we are all told about why college matters to God.

A whole book about it was drilled into our minds, whether we were learning about Islamic art or Harry Potter.

Regardless, we had to sit through our Gateway with glazed eyes like zombies, waiting to move on to classes for our majors. Yet, one chapter should stand out to every student in the book concerning the beauty in nature.

Unfortunately, some students may not have read for the class at all or just don’t remember.

For a short recap, we are all given the taste of a review during our science classes. If we come from Christian high schools we get the double treatment, all about learning to be good stewards of the planet and not driving a big car.

However, after the constant brain washing, we should stop and think about the subject for a moment.

As Christians, it is important to recycle and consider the environment in our daily activities. Just how ironic is it that our own Christian university preaches about good stewardship; yet, it has not been zero landfill until the last few years?

But good news, John Brown University is now fulfilling the responsibility of preserving God’s creation.

However, JBU being zero-landfill doesn’t mean that the University is being good stewards of the environment; the true solution rests on the shoulders of the student body.

JBU being zero-landfill actually means that JBU separates what can be recycled from the waste.

Too often, I look down at a trashcan and see that a majority of the contents could have been recycled.

Through the efforts of the facility services and Steve Brankle the University is zero landfill, which means every student, either day or resident, has the opportunity to recycle with the bins that are placed in every dorm and in every other building on campus.

As a campus, I feel like we often disregard the idea of recycling unless we are in the Walker Student Center and are suddenly forced to separate recyclable materials like a tedious task. Other times, students treat the recycling bin in their rooms as a convenient, cheap trash can.

The point I am trying to get at is that the student body must come to action.

JBU’s zero landfill policy has absolutely no purpose if the student body does not take advantage of it.

Oh and by the way JBU, I am an active member of the zero-project Enactus team.