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the Hoot
By Leigh Rice, features editor
Across the country, programs such
as Adopt-a-Spot are working along
highways, city parks, and many other
public places to reduce trash for a
better environment.
Designed to encourage citizen
participation in keeping communities
and roads clean, Adopt-a-Spot relies on
individuals, organizations or businesses
that agree to help a designated area.
This semester, Adopt-a-Spot will find
a new home on the campus of William
Woods University.
The new recycling program will strive
to bring campus clubs, teams and
individuals together to join in the
campus recycling effort by adopting a
building, area or bin.
“People don’t realize what a service
recycling is to the community. Since the
university has to pay for trash pickup,
it is an increased cost to our university
and landfills, “said Dr. Allan Ensor,
assistant professor of education, who
is spearheading the campus recycling
program. Ensor is also a board member
of the local Kingdom Projects recycling
The Adopt-a-Spot program is a project
of WWU’s central recycling committee,
which is made up of students, faculty
and anyone else who would like
to participate.
“Our goal has been to come up with a sustainable program.
In the past it has been a function of ‘personality’ and
has come and gone with efficiency of operation. At The
Woods, we want to create a culture in which recycling is for
everyone,” Ensor said.
Ensor, who commutes to William Woods, drives 50 miles
round trip each day.
“As I was driving home one day thinking of what the
recycling committee could do to get more involved, I
noticed countless Adopt-a-Spot signs alongside the
highway. Finally, I had a blinding flash of the obvious …
this could work!”
The program is designed to not only develop a culture, but
also develop a personal responsibility among the William
Woods students to get involved.
Fijis give a “thumbs up” to WWU’s recycling efforts.