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How about putting more recycling and trash bins outside?

The university has a "carry out, carry back in" philosophy about outdoor trash and recyclables.

In response to numerous student requests that there be an outdoor recycling bin for every outdoor trash bin, the University staff took a step back and looked at the whole situation. They then made an intentional decision to reduce cost and litter associated with outdoor trash collection by removing all but a handful of outdoor trash containers.

Factors for this decision included the expense, inefficiency and disruption to campus of having the recycling crew drive around in a truck to pick up waste along the sidewalks, and the problem with trash and recyclables blowing out of containers and creating litter. We ask our community members who bring food and beverages from inside buildings to enjoy outside to take responsibility for their packaging and CARRY WASTE BACK INSIDE for proper disposal.