Foster Hall adds a more interactive recycling program

Editor’s note: This article was revised for accuracy and clarification at 2:55 p.m. Feb. 19.

For students living in Foster Hall, recycling just got a little more personal.

The Foster Hall Council started a program that provides residents with free recycling bins for their rooms. The goal of the program is to get students more directly involved with recycling and increase overall awareness of the benefits of recycling, said Katie Poe, Foster Hall assistant hall director.

Poe, a junior secondary education major, said she is excited about the program and said she thinks the rest of the council is enthusiastic about the student involvement.

“Foster residents are fairly conscious about recycling,” she said. “Now even more residents have their own recycling bins, so I’m confident Foster will soon be even more green than before.”

Jennifer Villyard, a freshman pre-business and political science major and hall council member, wrote in an e-mail that 26 students participated in personalizing and decorating recycling bins for the new program at a hall event last week. The bins now sit in students’ rooms.

“I believe that the program was a success, and if those that attended the program now begin to recycle, then the goals of Foster Hall Council have been met,” Villyard wrote.

According to the e-mail, the slogan for the program is “Don’t be Trashy…Recycle!”

The program is semester-long, Villyard said in a subsequent telephone interview. Students can recycle all the items that are normally recyclable, like paper and plastic bottles, as long as the items are dry, she said. Once students fill their bins, she said they can take them to the trash rooms to sort them into the hall recycling bins.

Devin Alsobrook, a freshman business major and Residence Hall Association representative for Foster Hall, said her inspiration for the idea came after an RHA meeting about green living and a speech from the president of the TCU Environmental Club.

“I suggested that Foster Hall Council get a head start on the RHA green initiative by making recycling easier and more accessible to students,” she said.

Alsobrook said the total cost for the 40 bins was $100. About 10 bins that were not distributed last week will be given out by e-mailing students to inform them that bins are available for them if they want to start recycling on their own.

Poe said the newly adorned bins were purchased with funds Foster received from RHA at the end of the fall semester. RHA records residence hall activities, awarding points for programs and attendance. Foster won the funds by having the most points out of all the residence halls.

“We decided that the best use for the money would be to do something that was good for the environment and our hall,” Poe said.