Wayne State Recycling Confusion - Resolved
Detroit, MI – As some of you may have read in the South End last semester, there was some questionability to WSU's current recycling program. The blue recycling bags were being thrown in with the general refuse. Some of the senate members , among other WSU students, were very concerned to learn this and were worried about WSU's green initiative. Since then we have taken a trip to Capital Waste Management to better understand the process. The blue bags get thrown in with the trash because that is where they are supposed to go! Capital has a very unique and innovative way of dealing with recycling. All of the trash gets sorted through and recyclables get picked out. This means that even if you accidently throw away something recyclable, it can get pulled out. There is sort of an assembly line sorting process, several workers stand on both sides and pick out paper, plastic, metal, and other recyclable items. They don't get every item, so you should still put things in the bins on campus, but tons (literally) gets pulled out. The blue bags make them easier to spot and grab out. Most other waste management programs don't do this, so we are lucky to have such a program. So we are relieved and happy to find out that this was a case of miscommunication, and things really are getting recycled.
Student Services Chair
Wayne State Student Senate