ECoS Hosts Successful America Recycles Week
BY JINYU WANG
Westminster’s ECoS, or Environmentally Concerned Students, held several events, including a Swap Shop, electronics recycling drive, documentary and lecture, last week in honor of America Recycles Week.
The annual week started nationwide in 1997 with America Recycles Day, which aims to help people become better informed about the importance of recycling.
From Nov. 9-15, ECoS hosted events on campus to encourage Westminster to recycle and buy recycled products.
ECoS has about 20 members who are devoted to building a better environment and encouraging environmental sustainability at the college and beyond.
“This is our third year for holding Recycling Week, and it is getting better and better,” ECoS member Olivia Andoe, ’16, said. “We hope to wake up students’ environmental awareness and make cultural change across campus.”
This year, many items were donated to help the recycling efforts.
“We have collected 1,930 pounds of electronics this time, including monitors, computers, printers and other appliances from campus and faculty, as well as the Fulton community,” ECoS President Nathan Fox, ’16, said. “During the Swap Shop, we also got hundreds of [clothing items] and those left will be donated to American Red Cross.”
The group worked with the Missouri Recycling Center during the week, and both organizations said they would like to continue America Recycles Week at Westminster every year.
Students were also pleased with ECoS’ work during the week.
“They really did a wonderful job educating the students [about] the idea of a green campus, and established and improved the idea of recycling,” Mengdi Guo, ’16, said after attending the lecture hosted by ECoS and International Club on Nov. 13. Guo added, “Many students have witnessed [ECoS’] efforts to overcome the financial difficulty and make a more environmentally friendly campus; however, I do think that school officers should offer more financial supports to their programs.”