INA, Ill. (April 17, 2014) – A number of events are scheduled for next week at Rend Lake College for Earth Week 2014. Students and community members are invited to take part in the activities to help create awareness about the environment and sustainability.
On the Ina campus, students can help eliminate water bottle waste by picking up a free, reusable aluminum water bottle starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday beneath the Academic Building. There will be 100 bottles given out each day.
Last year, the average American used 167 plastic water bottles, which typically take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose. It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles annually; the same amount could fuel one million cars in one year. Additionally, an average 16-ounce bottle of water costs $1.50 in vending machines, or $12 per gallon of water – three times higher than a gallon of gas.
In an effort to reduce plastic water bottle disposal on campus, Earth Week is also highlighting four refilling stations on the Ina campus, located in the Academic Building, Aquatic Center, North Oasis, and South Oasis. Since their installation on campus, these four stations have saved 33,308 plastic water bottles from being disposed of instead of refilled.
At each refilling station, a poster created by RLC graphic design students will be displayed. The “green poster series” were voted on during last year’s Earth Week based on their messages of recycling, reusing water bottles, and more.
Also located under the Academic Building will be the RLC Orientation Class Electronics Drive. Accepted items include computers, monitors, keyboards, word processors, printers, scanners, computer mice, power tools, fans, mixers, cords, cables, typewriters, remotes, PDAs, clocks, calculators, music players, radios, stereos, VCRs, cameras, DVD players, and many more.
Items can be donated between 8 – 10 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m. April 17, 22, 24 and 25. All items will be taken to Moyer Recycling in Mt. Vernon, and 5 cents per pound of electronics will be donated to the RLC Student Emergency Fund.
On Wednesday, April 23, AmeriCorps students will be roaming campus to re-label recycling bins. The bins were painted last November by the AmeriCorps and welding students.
To wrap up Earth Week 2014, a prescription drug take back will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. The Drug Enforcement Administration will accept pills and patches, not liquids, needles, or sharps. The service is free and anonymous with no question asked. For more information about the drug take back, click here.