Campus clean-up reaps rewards
Lava lamps, ramen noodles, laundry detergent and silverware are just a few of the many items that made their way into the collection bins during St. Norbert’s annual campus clean-up program, R Cubed.
With more than 65 boxes and bags collected from all residence halls on campus, coordinator
Bill Mathias reported another successful year for the project.
R Cubed, which stands for “Recycle, Reuse, Re-Give,” is a joint initiative of Leadership, Service and Involvement and the Journey-Men, in cooperation with the Residential Life and Facilities departments.
It is meant to benefit nonprofit groups in the De Pere area that have a need for donated goods, including De Pere Christian Outreach and New Hope Home.
Each spring, two weeks prior to graduation, students who are moving out are asked to turn in items they no longer need. Donations fall into four main categories: food, clothing, kitchen and laundry goods, and electronic items.
Books that no longer can be used or returned to the college bookstore are given to inmates at the local prison. Some of the more unusual goods collected this year include Slim-Fast, umbrellas, forks, fans, a geode and a garlic press.
Mathias commented on the high number of granola bars gathered this year, stating that parents often send more comfort food than their children can eat.
People also overestimate the amount of peanut butter that they will consume, according to the project coordinator. This resulted in an abundance of the staple food found in this year’s clean-up boxes.
Some of the more creative uses of recycled products are the furniture, carpet and bunk bed wood utilized to build the framework and stage in the Knight Owl Coffee Bar on campus. “We used all the bunk wood and even reused screws and bolts,” Mathias said.
In this way, the campus itself is a beneficiary of the recycling project.
In addition to serving as a charitable resource for area organizations, the R Cubed project helps out the environment by avoiding accumulation in local landfills.