WWU Adopts-a-Spot to Recycle

Across the country, programs such as Adopt-a-Spot are working
along highways, city parks, and many other public places to reduce trash for a
better environment.

Designed to encourage citizen participation in keeping
communities and roads clean, Adopt-a-Spot relies on individuals, organizations
or businesses that agree to help a designated area.
This semester, Adopt-a-Spot will find a new home on the
campus of William Woods University. The new recycling program will strive to
bring campus clubs, teams and individuals together to join in the campus
recycling effort by adopting a building, area or bin.  
“People don’t realize what a service recycling is to the
community. Since the university has to pay for trash pickup, it is an increased
cost to our university and landfills, “said Dr. Allan Ensor, assistant professor
of education, who is spearheading the campus recycling program. Ensor is also a
board member of the local Kingdom Projects recycling organization.
The Adopt-a-Spot program is a project of WWU’s central
recycling committee, which is made up of students, faculty and anyone else who
would like to participate.
“Our goal has been to come up with a sustainable program. In
the past it has been a function of ‘personality’ and has come and gone with
efficiency of operation. At The Woods, we want to create a culture in which
recycling is for everyone,” Ensor said.
Ensor, who commutes to William Woods, drives 50 miles round
trip each day.
“As I was driving home one day thinking of what the recycling
committee could do to get more involved, I noticed countless Adopt-a-Spot signs
alongside the highway. Finally, I had a blinding flash of the obvious “¦ this
could work!”
The program is designed to not only develop a culture, but also
develop a personal responsibility among the William Woods students to get
involved. Strong leaders like the student recycling coordinator, Rachel Graves,
will work with the central recycling committee (CRC) to educate the campus
community on the benefits of Adopt-a-Spot. She also will serve as a liaison
with Kingdom Projects to advance the WWU recycling program.
“I took the job as recycling coordinator because I believe
that recycling needs to be a part of the fabric of WWU. Everyone should be
involved. We only have one Earth and it’s up to each person to take care of
it,” said Graves.
Before Adopt-a-Spot found its home at William Woods,
approximately 30 members from the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity divided up
and tackled different locations around campus.
“We were really happy when Adopt-a-Spot came around because
it was a lot of campus for Fiji to tackle on their own. It was kind of a relief
and it was great to see the whole campus get involved,” said Jake Shaw, Fiji
“We’re really looking to get people involved and excited with
recycling. We’ve even talked about doing a recycling Olympics. We would have
different events where people compete. The Fijis are very interested in leading
that,” says Ensor.
As students from various organizations choose their adopted
spots, colorful signs will be created by the WWU Art Club to identify the
individual or group.

Fijis give a “thumbs up” for WWU’s recycling efforts.