Stewardship Efforts Making an Impact with Recycling

Amid the blooming dogwoods and tulips that indicate spring has arrived at Asbury University, is a different splash of color that also calls attention to God’s creation: bright blue recycling bins.

Recycling bins can be found in most campus buildings.
Recycling bins can be found in most campus buildings.

Asbury’s recycling efforts began in earnest after a 2007-08 trash audit and the University began working toward recycling all paper on campus and expanded efforts to include plastics, glass and aluminum in 2011. The Cornerstone Project — an institutional focus on deepening the Institution’s growth in areas related to spiritual vitality such as mission, stewardship, holiness and Scripture — provided a framework for the recycling efforts.

“Stewardship has a broad definition, but creation care is a key bullet point in our definition,” said Greg Haseloff, associate dean of campus ministries and campus chaplain. “Recycling was a top student request for the stewardship efforts.”

Efforts seem to be paying off. Asbury saw a 26-percent reduction in total trash weight from 2008 to 2011, and in the first three months of 2012, Asbury recycled 10,000 pounds of trash with its weekly trips to a facility in Nicholasville, Ky., about 5 miles away. Since Jessamine County recently began a “single-stream recycling” system in which items no longer need to be sorted before arriving at the facility, Asbury’s job has become even easier.

“Recycling is a choice,” said Custodial Supervisor Cecil Hays. “We have recycling bins available in most buildings, and we try to put them close to trash cans so that people can make a choice easily. We hope to purchase more containers in the near future to replace some and to have additional coverage.”

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