Integrating Recycling and Composting on Kendall’s Campus
At Kendall College of Art and Design, the integration of recycling and composting on campus speaks in many crucial ways. The recycling and composting system is not only responsible and healthy for the environment, but it also portrays the message that Kendall produces well-rounded professionals that can carry these responsible habits into their lives and careers. The fields of art and design utilize, dispose of, and reuse a variety of materials. These actions loudly call for an organized solution. Our current composting arrangement with local business Organicycle, and proper recycling practices teach and communicate with students, staff, and the public that Kendall is a forward-thinking facility that considers the future of its physical material output.
In addition, Recyclemania participation is highly encouraged of all staff and students. Recyclemania is “a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities….National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release.” (recyclemaniacs.org/about)
The metrics for this event are collected via our service providers, Kendall Green Council, and by our maintenance staff. The overall goal of Recyclemania is waste minimization. In order to accomplish this goal, clearly marked recycling stations, including compost bins, have been set up throughout campus. Compost bins get their own unique bio-plastic liners that are manufactured here in Michigan.
Students are now learning how to properly dispose of all materials used each day (paper, plastic water bottles, pop cans, coffee cups). Recyclemania and Kendall’s recycling areas will assist in responsible disposal, providing an opportunity for a change in behavior and thought routine leading to a brighter, more sustainable future for all.
~ Amanda Klein, Interior Design senior