By Michelle Lee
The scene opens to a group of UCLA students. It’s dark outside, but the suspended lights of the Court of Sciences Student Center (code name: Bombshelter) are like the stars we never see in our light-polluted city. What brings us here at this cold and quiet hour? Well for one, this is the only time our schedules aligned, but more importantly, we are united by one common goal: to make a change in our campus’s recycling program.
Our anticipation ever-growing, we have focused this week's attention on planning our waste-monitoring process that will be carried out for the majority of winter quarter (currently nicknamed: Re-see-cling Program). In this month-long data collection phase, we will observe waste bin fullness, material composition, and day-to-day trends.
We will focus specifically on North Campus, hopefully establishing guidelines for further waste monitoring campus-wide. However, even this smaller portion of campus has hundreds of waste collection bins. In order to flesh out any obstacles we may face in our greater project, we have decided to conduct a smaller pilot program. We can hopefully address any problems in timing, recording, or database integration before jumping into our main project.
Not to waste any time, we will begin monitoring a portion of waste bins within North Campus starting next week. We are excited to get our hands dirty!
Will the pilot run smoothly? Will they stick with the nickname Re-see-cling? Stay tuned to find out…