Sept. 21, 2006
Weather permitting, there will be a pile of recyclable trash items sitting in front of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue, late in the morning on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
The pile of recyclables will show how many items that are normally thrown in the trash can now be recycled and is part of the Morningside College event “Recycling: It’s the Right Thing to Do” to be held that day at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
A contest to guess the weight of the recyclables will be held, with the winner to receive a free recycling bin for their room.
The event will include a presentation by Ray Turner, a retired U.S. Navy serviceman and Sioux City entrepreneur who picks up recycleable materials on a weekly basis. Turner, who will also take part in a panel discussion, will haul off the recycleables on his truck following the presentation.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Kathy Olson, chaplain and director of church relations at Morningside. Other members of the panel will include Dr. Jim Stroh, associate professor of biology & chemistry; Tug Buse, assistant professor of mass communication; Russell Heine, a sophomore from York, Neb.; and Phil Lieder, a sophomore from Stewartville, Minn.
Stroh will discuss a grant the Morningside Recycling and Campus Environment Committee recently received from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Monies from the grant will fund the hiring of Morningside students to assist with the recycling efforts on campus. Buse will discuss the importance of spreading information to the campus community about recycling and will also show a PSA created last spring by Morningside student Brian Johnson, a junior from Bronson, Iowa. Heine will address the business and entrepreneurial aspects of recycling, while Lieder will discuss the evolution of the recycling program at Morningside.
The purpose of the event is to educate, prepare, and encourage members of the Morningside community for an upcoming campus-wide recycling program that will demonstrate the Morningside community’s commitment to ethical leadership and civic responsibility.
The college currently recycles paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.