I voted yes in support of the initiative but left this comment:
We the Appalachian State University Sustainability Council do hereby proclaim our support for Appalachian's Zero-Waste Commitment and the associated Minibin and Single Stream Recycling initiatives described below:
Minibin Waste Collection System:
In Spring 2013 Semester 11 buildings will roll-out this system, which replaces the traditional trashcan with a hybrid container for both recycling and landfill waste. Faculty and staff will be asked to empty their own mini-bins into the appropriate recycling or landfill bin. This will allow housekeeping efforts to focus on cleaning and sanitizing offices, deep cleaning bathrooms and disinfecting high touch areas such as door knobs and telephones.
Single Stream Recycling:
In Spring 2013 Semester Single Stream Recycling will be rolled out campus wide. Single Stream will allow all recyclable materials to go into one bin – paper, plastic, metal and glass. “One bin, it all goes in.”
Your name and your vote will not be made public. We only share this information on an aggregate basis. More information about this commitment and these initiatives can be found as www.zerowaste.appstate.edu.
This is actually two resolutions. I would like to vote against the first and for the second. The first system is confusing and has resulted in Raley Hall being a mess. Trash can be found all over the place since there are no trash cans in classrooms and some offices. Plus, it seems like an inefficient use of resources for faculty to carry their trashcans down the hall trying to find some place to empty it.
The second one seems to be a no brainer.
Here is what they say at the zero waste website:
A "zero waste" commitment has begun at Appalachian State University with the goal of diverting 90 percent of all waste from landfill disposal by 2022.
The university currently diverts 40 percent of its waste annually from a landfill by recycling, reducing and composting.
When I do the math, 10% waste > 0% waster. Does anyone else have a problem with that sentence.