This past Saturday I was invited to the University of Toledo vs Bowling Green University football game. Prior to the game there was a tailgate party sponsored by Key Realty and Seagate Home Inspection Co. It was a very nice tailgate party, and everyone enjoyed the festivities. Now as you can imagine with a tailgate party, there are refreshments. These refreshments come in glass and plastic bottles as well as aluminum cans. When I finished one of my beverages, I asked where can I put my empty container to have it recycled. Much to my amazement there were no recycling containers. Therefore, I just put it in the garbage. I guess I could of taken the empty container home, but I did not.
The football game was very festive with the battle of I-75. It is called this because both universities are in close proximity of I-75 and are about 30-45 minutes away from each other.
The reason why I am posting this blog is when I was leaving the game and going through the parking lot, I could not believe the amount of non-recycle containers I saw. What was even more unbelievable, was as at every water runoff drain was the following permanent attachment to the drain.
So, I guess I am asking, is the University concerned about the environment or not?
So I went to Google. There are associate, and graduate programs in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies.
The University of Toledo is ranked number 8 for offering environmental majors in Ohio. A quick overview of these programs, resulted in no majors dealing exclusively with recycling.
However, the University of Toledo environmental program ranks #302 nationally as an Environmental School (out of 1291; top 25%)
So I did a bit more research....
Here are the Top 11 Colleges dealing with recycling. Maybe the University could take a tip or two
from these colleges.
I did learn that there is a voluntary effort to recycle at the football games.
Students can volunteer to go around during certain periods of the festivities to collect recyclables. However, I did not see any evidence of this as I as leaving the game.
A simpler solution might be for separate containers to be spread throghout the parking lots that will only allow the dimension of a bottle or can to be placed in the container. Recycle Everywhere can provide free containers.
So why as a Realtor with Key Realty am I talking about recycling? To me they have a lot in common.
A house or condo can equal an empty container. An item that the original owner no longer wants. So I take this container and I present it in a manner that is acceptable to another person. This new person then converts it into something they love. Do we typically take houses and bury them in the ground? Of course not!
We should also not do this with recyclable containers.
Thinking about recycling your house? You can contact me at 419.346.1458, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.