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First Waste Not Freecycle Day

Michael Ortiz ’17 invites you to get free stuff from Waste Not:

Many great items were not sold at the Waste Not Tag sale over Labor Day weekend, and we want to give the Wesleyan community a chance to get great used items for office or home.
From Exley’s back entrance, turn right on Lawn and left on Brainerd; 44 is on your left. The end time is TBD, so come early for the best merchandise! If you have questions, email jkleindienst[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Friday, September 25th
Time: 1:00pm
Place: Behind 44 Brainerd Avenue
Cost: Everything is FREE!

Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series: Keeping Green

cuz we lik dat green stuff

Wesleyan has a long history when it comes to sustainability and environmental conservation. However, it’s often unclear how to actually keep green at Wes, especially since many things have changed in recent years and are continuing to change.

This is the first year that Wesleyan has a sustainability coordinator, whose role is to help further Wesleyan’s mission of sustainability, including making things clearer to you. Her name is Jen Kleindienst and you can shoot her an email at jkleindienst(at)wes. For questions regarding sustainability, you should also peruse Wesleyan’s sustainability website.

Every fall at the beginning of the year, the sustainability interns put on the Waste Not! second-hand sale. At the end of the spring, they collect copious amounts of unwanted thingermabobs—from couches to sweaters to kitchenware to lots of random decorations—and store them so that you can buy them for ridiculously low prices your first weekend on campus. This year, the sale will be on Sept. 1 and 2—there will be two locations, one on Fountain Ave and one in Exley. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to a local charity while the rest go to support on-campus sustainability initiatives and the continuity of the program in future years.

Outing Club Water Bottles for Sale

Need a new water bottle? The Outing Club will be selling these sweet 32 oz., BPA-free, recycled plastic bottles for $7. Find us in Usdan during lunchtime on Tuesday and Wednesday, come to the Outing Club meeting Tuesday night at 10pm, come on an outing, or just stop by Outhouse (132 High Street) any time. We also have a few T-shirts left (youth-large and large only though).

Date: Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25
Time: Lunch
Place: Usdan
Cost: $7 per bottle

Impact: New Returnables Trash Cans

Impact, Wesleyan’s “student group for social enterprise,” has placed trash cans specifically designated for returnable cans and bottles in key areas around campus. More info (and informative photo) from Alexander Persky-Stern ’13:

Seen these bins around campus lately? Feed it your returnable cans and bottles.  We return them and donate the money to The Connection Inc, a local charity that offers educational, medical and vocational services to recovering addicts in Middletown.

Regifting Recyclables Collection!

Want to help clean up the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf? Have a lot of trash lying around? Feel like recycling (even more than you already do of course)?

Give your trash to TerraCycle! For each item sent in, this company will donate money to our chosen charity, the Nature Conservancy, to restore the Gulf Coast.

Please bring your:

  • Empty mechanical pencils
  • Used-up pens
  • Yogurt containers
  • Energy bar wrappers
  • Granola bar wrappers
  • Cookie package wrappers

…to one of our collection boxes located outside of  Summerfields and WeShop.

These items will be turned into great new products, then resold. Check out TerraCycle’s website for more details.

If you feel like helping us, please contact magresti(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or edeatrick(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

R-E-C-Y-C-L-E, recycle…

Nora Christiani ’11 writes in to inform us that Recyclemania is again upon us:

I wanted to announce Recyclemania, a 10-week inter-collegiate reduce/reuse/recycle competition going on right now. It’s being organized by Bill Nelligan‘s (Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability) sustainability interns, Ali San Roman ’11, Grace Petersen ’09 and me, and Physical Plant (most notably Jeff Miller). The past two weeks have been “trial” weeks (though the scores are up in Usdan–check out the scoreboard to the left of Usdan Cafe!). Now, the scores start to count! Our trash, glass/metal/plastic, mixed paper, cardboard will be measured in terms of total weight and lbs/ per person. Each week, we’ll post the scores in Usdan. Soon, we’ll also start to post the scores of peer institutions such as Amherst, Williams, Trinity and Middlebury.

During RecycleMania (and in general) We want to emphasize a few key things! 1. Recycle what you CAN, but remember, you can’t recycle everything! Look for signs around campus specifying what does and does not belong in glass/metal/plastic and mixed paper. 2. While Recyling is great, what’s even better is REDUCING comsumption of things like bottled water, and instead, REUSING metal water bottles or coffee travel mugs.

Keep an eye out for the following events and programs: The week of 2/9-2/14 we’ll be selling valentines made out of recycled paper (made by an artist on etsy.com!). ALSO, we’ve gone through WeShop and stickered every labelled[?], specifying what containers/boxes can be recycled and which containers are made from post-consumer recycled materials!

Compostable plastics at Usdan

I used to be upset about Bon Appétit’s frequent use of disposable plastic cups and containers, especially at Late Night. But, about a month ago, I looked at the bottom of my cup, and was surprised to find that it is compost-able!

Apparently there are “bioplastics” made mostly from corn starch and cellulose, that fully degrade into water, carbon dioxide and organic material when composted. Pretty cool.

So, while Bon Appétit’s plastic cups and containers are not recyclable through Middletown’s collection program, they are compost-able… so stick them in the compost buckets on your way out!

UPDATE: Oops! Apparently the plastics are compost-able, but not compost-able enough. Helpful comment, from Elisa:

We tested sticking them in the earth tub composters and boiling them and neither really did anything. We’d need a super, industrial shredder and a super, industrial compost facility to compost them! Sorry to bust the myth, but there it is. At least Bon Appetit is trying.

In other words, don’t stick the containers in the composting bins!

Secrets of the Student Handbook: Secret #164

Quick Guide to Composting:

It is best to start the bin with a layer of “browns” that include dried leaves, shredded newspaper, or dried grass clippings. Put food waste (“greens”—with the exception of meat, dairy, and oil) in bin. If the compost is too wet or smells, add a layer of browns on top. You will get the best results from your compost if you aerate it once in a while with a stick or broom handle (just stick it down in the compost and make a hole in different places) and turn (stir) the compost occasionally as well. Other than that, let Mother Earth, heat, decomposition, chemical reactions, and, of course, worms, do the rest!

A friendly reminder from your Student Handbook.