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Recycling Reconsidered

Recycling Reconsidered

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017

China currently processes the vast majority of the West Coast’s recycling, including the recycling from Whitman and Walla Walla. However, by the end of 2017, China will no longer accept some types of plastics and all but the best sorted and cleaned recycled goods. For Whitman, this has meant that r...

Is Recycling Really As Important As We Think It Is?

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

December 3, 2015

If we are to have any hope of leaving behind a habitable world for future generations, we need to make lifestyle changes that are truly environmentally impactful—and we need to be brave enough to spread the word.

Unflattened cardboard boxes and the rules of recycling

Unflattened cardboard boxes and the rules of recycling

Kamna Shastri

February 26, 2015

Crisp but warm sunshine fills the morning as sophomore Maddie Bailey reverses a maroon pickup truck from the Environmental Interest House (also known as Outhouse) garage. Two Outhouse residents and their resident assistant are on a mission early this Saturday morning. It's just past 8:30 a.m. as they...

Whitman recycling looks toward the future

Whitman recycling looks toward the future

Annie Roge

December 4, 2014

Whitman as an institution is generally regarded as environmentally conscious. However, while the college's recycling program is highly visible on campus, those who are involved say there is much more work to be done. Tristan Sewell, recently hired to the position of sustainability coordinator, has...

Sustainable Walla Walla Makes Plans for Earth Day, Future Collaborations

Emily Lin-Jones

February 7, 2013

Students, city council members and representatives from around the community gathered for a meeting of local working group Sustainable Walla Walla in the Walla Walla Public School District board room Tuesday night, Feb. 5. Attendees shared their own efforts to promote sustainability in the community...

Walla Walla to discontinue glass recycling

Emily Lin-Jones

March 11, 2012

Should Walla Walla do away with glass recycling? This was the question presented to attendees of a Sustainability Committee meeting on Tues., March 6 at the Walla Walla City Hall. The committee accepted public comment regarding the current glass recycling program and resolving to bring concerns and ideas...

Numbers in the news

Shelly Le

October 13, 2011

2/3 Less energy it takes to make products from recycled plastic than from virgin plastic. 1 million Pounds of material waste Americans generate per person every year, taking into account hazardous waste, construction debris and chemicals used for manufacturing. 32% Percentage of total waste Americans recycle. 44% Percen...

Colored glass not trash in Walla Walla

Colored glass not trash in Walla Walla

Rachel Alexander

December 2, 2009

A close look at Jewett Hall's glass recycling bins demonstrates the amount of confusion on campus over what types of glass can be recycled in Walla Walla. About a third of Jewett's bins warn that only clear glass can be recycled, a third say all types of glass are fine and a rest lack any kind of ...

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