Green Mountain College’s Griswold Library staff, Cail Clark came up with the idea at one staff meeting to  visually demonstrate the amount of  paper left in recycle bins, after being printed out at the Library’s printers.

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A cylinder-shape wire frame named the “Recyclone” is now used as a temporary recycling bin at the library to show the amount of recycled paper collected within four weeks. Those recycled papers nested in Recyclone are just from papers coming out from the library’s three printers, “Actually, it is meant to shock and to make conversation – how papers should be used and printed wisely,”  Ken Coe, another library staff member said.

“Recycling is good but the whole recycling process needs so much energy. The best way is to think twice before you print,” Nina Lankin, a GMC’s senior student said.
“If students print out papers for references, they take those papers away with them. Those papers will not be returned to the library’s recycle bins. Now, all these sheets of paper in this ‘Recyclone’ are the ones we collect from the library’s recycle bins, so we need to start thinking “Should all of these be printed?,” Ken Coe said.

The library has to spend $ 250 for ink for its threes printers every three weeks.

The Recyclone, pictured on April 8, will house the library’s white recycled papers, collected from March 22 to April 23. The library staff members have already got the frame of Recyclone extended twice in order to fit it all.


About Wai Phyo Myint

Wai Phyo Myint is a senior at Green Mountain College, majoring in Political Journalism. She is now in Cambodia doing her senior studies and volunteering as an Communications/Advocacy strategy intern with International Labour Organiations in Phnom Penh.
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2 Responses to Recyclone

  1. ReCyclone is a technology and name invented by me.

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  2. Thank you for the link and thank you for the comment. However, It’s just a demonstration work- putting recycle papers in a cylinder-shape wire frame – just to show how much we are wasting paper for a month-long period. The wire frame could not hold the paper weight very well. After a month, it rather looks like a cyclone tornado. That is the reason – students just name it ‘Recyclone’. I don’t think people who did not the project think much about the terminology.

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