Salt Lake Community College became more green last Tuesday when a brand new recycling station was unveiled at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. SLCC’s Environmental Health and Safety Department teamed up with the Enviro Club to create the station, a project that has been in the works for a few months.
Located near the Copy Center on the first floor of the Student Center, the station gives students and the general public the opportunity to recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and batteries, all in one easy location. While the 13 SLCC campuses have many recycling bins available, this is the first recycling station on any SLCC campus. With an enthusiastic crowd watching, Enviro Club president Todd Lehman ceremoniously put an empty plastic bottle into the appropriate bin after the station was unveiled.
“Basically, I’ve had a love for the environment ever since I was a little kid…my mom used to take me hiking…since then, its been in me to protect the beauty of nature,” said Lehman. He went on to talk about how the mission of the Enviro Club is to raise awareness about environmental issues around the world.
Rand Webb, manager of the Environmental Health and Safety Department, indicated that recycling isn’t the only area of energy concern for the college.
“The college has formed a special team called the Sustainability Committee, which looks at all types of environmental issues…we’re actually involved in a study right now with Chevron being our contractor…they’re doing an extensive analysis of all of our energy use along all of our campuses…,” said Webb.
Edward Benson, who oversees finances for the department, noted that student fees were used to fund the new recycling service. No official comment has been made whether the other twelve SLCC campuses will receive a recycling station in the future.