Tag Archives: waste

Students Think About Consumerism this Valentine’s Day

For weeks now, store-fronts have been teeming with cards, candy and teddy bears in all shades of pink and red as a constant reminder that it is time to buy that special gift. It seems that this is exactly what Americans plan to do. The National Retail Federation has reported that collectively Americans are projected to spend $19.6 billion on ... Read More »

Post Landfill Action Network Offers Students Opportunities to Think About Waste

This fall the University become a member of the Post Landfill Action Network, known as PLAN. According to their website, “The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste in their campus communities. PLAN empowers ... Read More »

BC Organics Bioenergy Digester Proposal In-Progress

The Public Service Commission has approved a $15 million grant for the construction of a bioenergy system in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy-farm manure and other waste, reducing the need to spread raw manure and protecting supplies of groundwater and surface water in northeast Wisconsin, according to a news release. BC Organics’ bioenergy project ... Read More »

Campus Compost is More Than What Meets The Nose

What is that smell? It is not the paper mill and it is not the football team practicing on the fields. If students have caught a strong odor walking over on the north side of campus by the Reserve, odds are it is the campus compost pile. The compost pile equates to about 15 cubic yards of material. About 15 ... Read More »

Come On In: The Dumpster Is Fine

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, at least that is what some people say about dumpster diving. Mackenzie Grover,  junior biology major, is one of many people who take part in dumpster diving in Stevens Point. Grover was introduced to dumpster diving by her older sister. At first, she was disgusted by it and felt nothing was ... Read More »

Campus Could Have a P.L.A.N to Reduce Waste

Student Government Association is considering having University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point join the Post Landfill Action Network, also known as PLAN. The Post Landfill Action Network was founded in 2013 by Alex Fried. Fried created the network to provide colleges and universities with educational resources aimed at lowering landfill waste on their campuses. The goal on their website sates that, “Through ... Read More »

Trimming Back on Holiday Waste

It is that time of year for outdoor light displays, shopping for presents and decorating trees. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans’ waste production increases by 25 percent. For those that celebrate the holidays, how can we keep holiday cheer while still keeping the planet clean? Wrapping paper stays on presents for an average of five days. The presents are ... Read More »

Benefits of Thrift Shopping Go Beyond Saving Money

Buying new clothing can be harmful to the environment and violate human rights, but thrifting is an alternative that helps decrease the harm done around the world. How our clothes are made is not often found at the forefront of our minds. But the manufacturing of much of our clothing is wasteful and harmful to the environment. A recent investigation ... Read More »

Don’t Ovary-React to Menstrual Cups

What does menstruation have to do with keeping the environment clean? Every month women throw away used tampons and pads, and the waste from those products goes into landfills. Most women do not know that they have other options for the cycles that don’t harm the earth. Regular disposable products such as pads and tampons are made with plastics and ... Read More »

Compost in Academic Buildings; A Waste of Time?

Residence halls on campus have been utilizing compost bins for the last few years, but now the academic and administrative buildings are joining in on the composting initiative. Those who compost are redirecting waste that would have gone into a landfill, which would have broken down into both methane gas and toxic leachates. Some examples of items that can be ... Read More »