Savannah State’s Environmental Science Club is leading an effort to be conscience of how waste impacts the environment at the university.
On Oct. 30, the group will host a recycling event in the T.A. Wright Stadium parking lot from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The public is invited to bring recyclable materials including plastics, polystyrene, some metal products, paper, cardboard and used cooking grease to be properly recycled.
Styrofoam, glass, clothing, electronics and other items cannot be accepted.
According to a study conducted in 2015 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average U.S. citizen generates four pounds of trash every day and 1.5 tons of trash a year. Approximately 75 percent of American waste is recyclable, but about 35 percent of the waste is actually recycled.
“Styrofoam is an even bigger issue in the environment than plastic. They are similar sourced as far as petroleum products are concerned but yes, styrofoam is the bigger problem,” Sue Ebanks, professor of marine and environmental science, said in a September interview.
“When it comes to these products, there are no short term effects, only long-term. Plastic stays in landfills for a very long time. When not recycled and thrown into a trash can, the issue is magnified,” she said. “Recycling is a better alternative, but it can also be very expensive, depending on the area. Recycling is something we would really love to see happen on our campus, but it would also have to be used as well. There would need to be something in place to enforce that in the dining areas.”
The recycling event is a partnership with the city of Savannah, Chatham County, and the SSU Environmental Science Club from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.