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.
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.