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Recycling options needed at campus apartments

Staff Editorial

On September 24, 2014

Our generation is willing to make the necessary changes to have an impact on our environment. That is why recycling is something we are passionate about. 

If it makes the world a better place, why isn’t everyone doing participating in recycling?

This is a question for the off-campus apartments which don’t currently offer recycling as an option. Many students are throwing their empty bottles and other recyclables into the dumpster not because they don’t care about the environment it’s because the apartment managers haven’t given them another option. 

The fact is, after students drop recyclables into those dumpsters, a garbage truck will take it to a designated landfill. The recyclables can take as long as one million years for just a single glass bottle to decompose in a landfill, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service. 

Saving the environment for future generations is a vital part of being a responsible member of society. Students can be the leaders in the world of recycling but they need a little bit of help from the apartment managers. 

We strongly recommend that the managers of the apartments surrounding Kirkwood Community College’s Main Campus  immediately make recycling available to all renters. 

Recycling should be a free service that is part of the lease. Students who want to recycle should be able to do so without difficulty.

It does take some time to separate and recycle but that’s less time than the several life times for recyclables to decompose. 

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