Keeping the ball rolling on recycling
The North Campus is putting a new spin on recycling by attempting to create a massive plastic-filled ball this month.
“Keep the Ball Rolling” is an extension of the “Get the Ball Rolling” campaign, a project in which students attempted to fill the world’s largest aluminum ball. The idea is part of the student-operated Greenway Campaign, whose goal is to promote recycling around campus and throughout communities.
Leading the charge is speech professor Diane Sloan, along with the student organization Youth for Environmental Sustainability.
“We have raised awareness at the North Campus, now we want to raise awareness everywhere at the College,” Sloan said.
With last year’s ball, the aim was for a Guinness World Record, this time around there is no record on the line, but the motive remains the same—to promote awareness and the benefits of recycling.
This time the ball will make its rounds around the entire college, spending a month at the North Campus and then stopping one day at each of MDC’s seven other campuses before it’s turned over to the Southeastern Recycling Co.
“We just thought the idea was really cool to be able to take it around to the other campuses” Sloan said.
Although the program is primarily student driven, faculty and staff will also be assisting in the process.
“The co-chair of the Green Team is head of campus services…so that’s what is really neat too, because we got the whole custodial staff,” Sloan said. “And they are very clear on what is recyclable and what isn’t.”
Tiffany Roldan, a business administration major, supports the project and hopes that other students will also embrace it.
“I think it’s great that they are doing this and bringing awareness to recycling…now if only everyone else would get on the ball,” Roldan said.
To get students engaged, Sloan said that she and a number of faculty members will be offering extra credit to students who participate in the program as a reward.
Sloan said that this will be the second of more environmental projects to come.
“We are going to do something with paper. We’re not going to do a ball, but we might do a sculpture,” Sloan said. “And then next spring, we’re going do something with cardboard.”
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