Volume 92, Issue 92
Tuesday, March 23, 1999
Ivey's recycling down in the dumps
SCREW RECYCLING, THIS AWARD IS GOING STRAIGHT INTO THE TRASH CAN. Honours business administration president Stacey Sheehy looks over the award presented to her by University Students' Council environmental awareness commissioner Michael Creighton for a poor recycling performance.
By Dave Yasvinski
While the Ivey School of Business may be excelling in academics they're falling behind in recycling.
A series of building audits conducted late last year and early this year revealed 320 pounds or 58 per cent of recyclable material mixed in with the 544 pounds of one day's waste at the business school. The Law Building finished a close second with 53 per cent.
Other buildings audited included Talbot College, the Medical Sciences Building, the Stevenson-Lawson Building, Middlesex College, Alumni Hall, Thames Hall and the Chemistry Building. The campus average of recyclable material mixed in with garbage was around 44 per cent.
Michael Creighton, the University Students' Council environmental awareness commissioner, conducted the audits and decided to award the business school for its performance.
Creighton presented Stacey Sheehy, honours business administration association president, with an award for failure to recycle. "It's not a personal dig at Stacey or business school people," Creighton said. "People overall on campus are not doing that well."
Western is in the middle of Environmental Awareness Week and students need to know that more can be done, Creighton said. "You have to keep people in the habit of recycling."
Sheehy said she was disappointed to hear about the business school's results and this was the first she had heard about their recycling performance. "Obviously I'm going to take this back to my constituents and let them know that this is what's happening."
Part of the reason for the school's poor performance might be due to paper waste from all of the printing which has to be done in computer labs as part of course requirements, Sheehy added.
"It's not that we don't see recycling as a serious issue, it's just we were unaware about our habits now we are aware."
Jim Galbraith, manager of grounds, waste and recycling, stressed the necessity of making people aware of the importantance of recycling. "You can see by using these audits that enough people aren't aware. It's revenue that is gone from the recycling system."
Ross Archibald, a business professor at Ivey, said he was surprised to hear the results of the audits, given the number of blue bins he sees around the school. He said a possible reason for this could be a breakdown in the nature of the way people are trained to recycle.
"We could use a program to lever up our awareness of that which is recyclable and that which isn't."
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