Improve Recycling in McGill Residences: sign now

Petition regarding recycling in McGill Upper Rez (Gardner Hall, McConnell Hall, and Molson Hall), RVC and MORE houses.


We, the undersigned students of McGill University as well as the current and former residents of McGill Residences for the 2006-2007 academic year, express our considerable concern with the serious lack of integrated recycling within several of McGills residences, specifically McConnell, Molson and Gardner halls, Royal Victoria College and MORE student homes. In McGills three upper residences, recycling containers are available in one location only and remain widely unused by students because of their obscure locality. Similarly, in Royal Victoria College, the containers are available in only two locations.
With over 30 different waste receptacles and one sole recycling location in each of McGills upper residences, something as immensely important as the diversion of recyclables from the waste stream becomes a difficult practice to incorporate into students busy lives. This represents a serious flaw in the infrastructure of these buildings. Furthermore, in MORE student houses, the weekly cleaning staff is required to empty waste receptacles; however, as there is no distinction between waste and recyclable materials that have accumulated during the week, recyclable material that students save is often discarded as waste. Diversion of recyclable goods in these residence houses would increase dramatically if waste removal services provided by McGill University were extended to include recycled goods.
We sign this petition as a formal request that McGill University take more seriously the environmental concerns in residences and implement an effective recycling system within the McGill residences, including:

A focus on student awareness throughout the school year and especially during McGill and Residence orientation; increased signage in residence and permanent signage on the back of residence doors;
Improved accessibility to recycling containers, including the permanent instalment of new recycling containers, particularly in common areas, kitchenettes, high-traffic areas with a minimum of one for each stream;
Incorporating the removal of recyclables into the responsibilities of the residences cleaning staff along with normal waste removal
An overall improvement in McGills recycling practices in residences and throughout the institution

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