ESU: A Clean, Dry Campus Community

An example of an over-filled trash can. Photo Credit / Sean Sanbeg

Former SC Sports Editor

An example of an over-filled trash can.
Photo Credit / Sean Sanbeg

Our campus is as clean as it is “dry.”

Garbage constantly spills out of the Center Court’s trash cans. Various forms of litter lay scattered around the stairwell.

When I first started at ESU, I made the mistake of assuming the semester’s early stages produced slow work.

Or maybe our University’s sanitation personnel simply missed it. But then September dragged into October, and the garbage cans continued to pour out.  It’s now February, and nothing’s changed.

Sure, the Center Court sees a lot of traffic, so a high trash volume is somewhat expected. But there shouldn’t be consistency in the amount of overflow.

However, the sanitation personnel aren’t the only ones to blame. I witnessed plenty of students cramming garbage into clearly full cans, only to walk away as the garbage fell gently to the floor.

Walk to another garbage can—preferably an empty one.

Then there are those who simply decide that the menial task of trash removal is below them.

Plenty of students, more than there should be, have no problem leaving their garbage on the Court’s wall, or simply placing it on top of the full garbage can.

Chances are pretty high that any passerby would see a pepsi cup, napkins or cardboard food trays scattered on the floor in the Center Court.

The University seems to be on the ball with their cigarette butt removal process. In fact, it seems like the whole ordeal takes priority over everything else.

There are always people sweeping up outside Stroud Hall and in the Center Court, often bearing determined looks as they ferociously sweep the littered ground below them.

That’s all well and good, but let’s get back to the basics—empty the garbage cans.

“Oh, but we do empty them,” a University employee might say.

It doesn’t look like it to me.

Campus sanitation personnel should recognize by now that these cans fill up quickly. Just empty them more frequently. Seems pretty simple.

Look at your hand, and then look back at this article. See any garbage? Help it find its way to  a garbage can.

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