Waste signage is completed and ready for use at Macgowan Hall

By Sarah Vetter

Last week, our ART Recycling group participated in Ecochella, a bike powered concert promoting sustainable living. In the spirit of recycling we held a clothing swap, and asked people to bring in clothes to recycle and exchange with other people. Our booth was like a mini thrift shop where the currency was clothing! At the end of the eco-inspired festival we gave away any clothing left over to participants. Hopefully next year’s Recycling team will continue this clothing exchange tradition.

Other news for the Recycling Team is that our custom signage for Macgowan Hall waste bins is finally up! As Jenna mentioned in our last blog post, we’ve been designing trash and recycling signs for the defaced bins in Macgowan courtyard. We will also be monitoring the bins to see whether the different signage will influence people’s disposal habits.

Recycling signage created by the Recycling Action Research Team to be placed on waste bins around Macgowan Hall.

Recycling signage created by the Recycling Action Research Team to be placed on waste bins around Macgowan Hall.

Trash signage created by the Recycling Action Research Team to be placed on waste bins around Macgowan Hall.

Trash signage created by the Recycling Action Research Team to be placed on waste bins around Macgowan Hall.

Michelle, one of our teammates, designed our signage (see above), incorporating recognizable waste items commonly found around campus. Signage for the trash bins clearly states ‘landfill,” encouraging disposers to think about where their waste goes. Another one of the trash sign’s highlighted features is candy bag wrapper material. This was a material that we commonly found in recycling bins that cannot in fact be recycled. We also featured the slogan: “when in doubt, RECYCLE!” at the bottom of the signs because even if non-recyclable items go in the bin, they will be sorted out by Athens (UCLA’s waste hauler). However, if items that are actually recyclable go in the trash, they will simply go to the landfill or be burned.

We will finish collecting data on the impacts of our signage by next week, and then the results will be in!