Food For Thought: Recycling

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Food For Thought: Recycling


The average college student probably doesn't give much thought to recycling. We have more important things to think about. We have overdue homework, projects or papers to research, finals to cram for. Whatever the case, when it comes down to throwing a soda bottle into the trash can or searching out a recycling bin, most of us would more likely than not just choose the trash can without a second glance; however, it may be more worth that glance than we thought.

An article from the Boston College's Sustainability Office surmises that the average college student produces upwards of 640 pounds of waste every year. A headcount done by the TCC Administrations Office states that for the 2016-2017 school year, there are 19,274 students enrolled at the Virginia Beach Campus. At 640 pounds each, that's an estimated 12,335,360 pounds of waste within this year alone.

When put into perspective, it's a truly staggering amount. With numbers like that, how can recycling a few bottles make any difference? As exemplified by those very same amounts, numbers distributed over a large population add up very quickly. If we, as a college, were to make a push toward more sustainable habits, it wouldn't be very long before we would start seeing results.

Some ways to cut back on waste:

  1. Replace disposable plastic bottles with reusable ones. There are a selection of reusable bottles in the TCC bookstore.
  2. Make the effort to place recyclables into the right bins.
  3. Keep printing to a minimum. Keep files located on a flash drive, Google Drive, Google Docs, etc.
  4. Donate and/or obtain computers from the Computer Club here on campus. They take old or unwanted computers, reinvigorate them, and distribute them to students here who need them.

Read the Boston College article here:


This article was written as a suggestion made by one of the students here at TCC. If you have a suggestion for a topic for the paper to cover, or are interested in contributing yourself, contact either Faculty Advisor Thomas Geary at, or Editor Tanis Mack at


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  1. Great article!