By Joe Pinter, @JPinter93
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Jan. 28) — 75,000.
That’s the number of trees demolished to make one circulation of The New York Sunday Times.
That number seem high? It isn’t.
St. Bonaventure University’s Tread Lightly has brought much light lately to recycling. The club will also begin a campaign, Recyclemania, which will continue to promote recycling by students and faculty. It begins on Feb. 2.
“Recyclemania is essentially trying to make Bonaventure students aware that recycling is important and it does help our planet,” said Tristan King, a sophomore member of Tread Lightly. “During that whole period, we enforce recycling. In dorms we enforce students to recycle more and use the recycle bins in the garbage areas instead of just using the garbage cans.”
The campaign was started in January 2012.
“It was something that we wanted to do to make the community more aware, and as a club to show that we’re doing things to help the environment,” King said.
Last year had a good turnout, but this year he expects the campaign to be even more successful. While everyone would like the recycling percentage to be 100 percent, realistically the club aims for 25 percent, King said.
The campaign slogan is, “Push for the fourth!” (a reference to the goal of 25 percent).
Bonaventure’s campus recycling percentage is only 12 percent, according to Casella Waste Systems. The Bonaventure administration has set a realistic, yearlong goal of 20 percent.
Located above every recycling container on campus will be a poster with “FEED THE WOLF” accompanied by a Bonnies’ logo.
Tread Lightly will also collect recyclables at the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games.
Last year, the campaign received a significant help from a faculty member that usually stays behind the scenes.
Penny Siebert, a custodian on 3rd Robinson Hall, painted the floor’s recycling room blue to help raise awareness. Everyone on the floor spread the word of her work and helped increase the amount of recyclables being sent to Casella.
Some other fun facts about recycling:
*Americans make up 5 percent of the Earth, but 40 percent of the trash
*Americans use four million plastic bottles every hour
*One glass bottle = 100 watt light bulb lit for 4 hours
*One aluminum can = TV powered for 3 hours
Tread Lightly, with 15 to 20 group members, strives to provide Bonaventure with environmental awareness. Besides Recyclemania, it has some other plans for this year.
“We’re going to make the trash fashion show again, make it bigger and involve more students,” King said. “Toilet Talk has really kicked off. We found that students and faculty really enjoy the issues. We’re going to continue to let people know that Bonaventure has its own environmentalist group.”
The “Trashin’ Fashion” show will take place on Apr. 4. Participants will wear costumes made only out of recycled materials.