Welcome to RCC Recycles!

After the frenzy of recycling activity on campus last spring, you may have wondered what happened. Due to a lack of funding and personnel, RCC's recycling program petered out. But due to a grant, it's back now, better than ever, and at your "disposal"!

RCC is behind other colleges in the nation in its efforts of sustainability and it takes interest from the community in order to change that. This can range from checking out this website regularly, to attending environmental/recycling events, to volunteering to help out. Any effort is welcome and greatly appreciated. Besides, it's a great way to meet people, bond over common goals, and feel a part of a community.

Many people take it for granted that what we throw in the trash "goes away." This is because the majority of the population never sees their garbage again once it leaves their hands. "Out of sight, out of mind," right? Wrong. There are huge implications, human and environmental, of this "throw away" attitude. If we want to leave a livable earth for future generations and even ourselves, we have got to do something about it.

The average American throws away 600 times his/her body weight in trash over their lifetime. Multiply that by our population and by how many lifetimes have come before us and will come after ours. This figure is multiplied by 32 (ratio of trash thrown away to trash generated by production of that material is 1:32). That's a lot of waste. Each one of us can make a difference, and you can start right here at RCC.

If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, or are interested in helping out with change in the way we think about waste here on campus, please call Katarina Kobor at ext. 7185, e-mail KKobor@roguecc.edu.

REMEMBER: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in that order)!