Earth Day is all about living green. Whether that be recycling an old pop can, recycling your old electronics, or just helping pick up some trash. Some WVU students are hoping to make people realize that you shouldn’t just do those things on Earth Day but year round.
“This project is kind of the start to a much larger collaboration effort that we’re trying to put together with the city,” said Ansh Kumar, a Board of Governor from the WVU Student Government Association. “It’s kind of a trial run to see how everything goes. It’s a lot more small scale. Basically, for next year, we’re using this as head way.”
The City of Morgantown is helping WVU students with a planned city wide clean up. The city is providing trash bags, gloves and dumpsters to the SGA, Greek life, and other students helping with the project.
Picking up garbage isn’t the only way to be kind to the environment. Best Buy has a recycling program for all of your electronics from tablets and cell phones to televisions.
The store has a goal of one billion pounds of recycled material by 2014. It’s already recycled 909 Million.
“I think it’s important that people know how to recycle products the right way. If you’re ever confused just come in to us and we’ll take care of that for you,” said John Holloway, an employee at Best Buy. “There’s a lot of confusion a lot of times about certain products that can be recycled one way or another. Can I just throw this away? Should I recycle it? If you’re ever unsure, just go ahead and bring it to us and we’ll take care of it.”
The recycling program is available year round at Best Buy.
The WVU clean up is bigger than it was last year and students hope to continue it’s growth.
“For next year we’re going to try to get even bigger collaboration projects in the future and really involve a multitude of student organizations not just Greek life but also club sports team, certain majors,” said Kumar. “A lot of these students need community service. I feel like this is a great way to get your community service and also help your community.”
Anyone can, and is encouraged to, help with the clean up. It’s open to the public and if you’d like to help meet at the Mountainlair Green on Thursday, April 24 at 4 PM.