BAR HARBOR – To celebrate their thirds annual, Discarded Resources Audit, Students at College of the Atlantic are teaming up to collect trash all around campus in hopes of educating their peers on the importance of waste management.
Going in and sorting through garbage is not for the faint of heart. But behind every bag, could be some hidden treasures, like a full coffee bag and maybe some not so treasonable items, like a dead rat.
“It’s not only about what you personally throw away, but about the larger system – resource, extraction, production and consumption and last disposal,” said Lisa Bjerke, discarded resources manager.
These self-titled ‘garbologists’ are collecting trash to educate their peers on the importance of waste management.
“We all consume things and discard of them,” said Ella Clee, discarded resources work-study, “We don’t talk about them much and this is a great way to talk about it.”
They are hosting an exhibition where they are going to display what was thrown out, teaching peers how each items could have been discarded properly.
“It makes me think about the whole world – how much are we consuming, what about production,” said Racheal Goldberg, discarded resources work-study, “What’s happening when we just send them away? When we just throw them away and say, ‘okay not our problem anymore.'”
Most people know that cans be recycled. But aluminum can also be recycled. If that is not enough, people can also redeem soda cans for five cents.
“There’s so much people can do to reduce the waste and the impact that we can give,” said Ruli Setiawati, a discarded resources work-study.
“Not everybody actually thinks about what they are throwing away,” said Allie Ceurvorst, a discarded resources work-study, “They don’t see where it goes and how it is processed. I guess it becomes minuscule to them. When in reality, we are throwing away a lot of stuff. We don’t have a lot of capacity on our earth to keep up with what we are throwing away.”