With the support of Knox County Litter Prevention and Recycling and the Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow Joint Solid Waste District, Kenyon College hosts regular electronic recycling days at the Gambier Community Center. The program diverts electronic waste from regional landfills and ensures recyclable aspects of electronic devices get a second chance at service. The program is open to the public.
When: First Saturday of the month beginning May 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane (between the center and the dog park)
What: All household electronics are accepted free except TVs ($20) and computer monitors ($5)
Not accepted: dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, equipment containing freon, CFL bulbs, light bulbs, chemicals, hazmat waste, leaking/damaged batteries, alkaline batteries, aerosol/pressure air containers, Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs) and items containing PCBs.
Recently, the campus group ECO coordinated with the Office of Residential Life to distribute recycling bins to every first year room and hallway on campus. A pilot program, the first-year recycling experience will provide valuable lessons as the Office of Green Initiatives moves forward with its plan to provide recycling opportunities at every point where landfill waste is collected, campus-wide.
Kenyon is involved in a nationally recognized composting program that recycles waste from Peirce Dining Hall to create soil for use around campus. The program diverts as much as 3,500 pounds of waste each week- that’s over 56 tons a year. Compostable items are collected at the Peirce Hall dish return where they are sorted by AVI employees and sent to the composting center. In addition to food waste, napkins and disposable hot beverage cups can also be composted at the dining hall.
Students in the introductory environmental studies class and members of ECO have teamed up to promote a voluntary composting program at the North Campus Apartments in the spring. Organizers collect food waste from apartments each week and deliver it to a series of tumblers located nearby. Once the compost has matured, it will be transported for use at the Kenyon Farm and the Brown Family Environmental Center.