By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
New Year’s resolutions can vary, and some people use the tradition to try to make a difference in the environment.
It’s easy to help the environment, and in some cases there can be a financial gain.
Students and faculty from Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College are involved in the club STAND (Students Taking Action in Nature’s Defense).
“We do as much as we can to help out,” said Dr. Don Trisel, professor of biology at FSU and adviser of STAND.
STAND does everything from putting recycling bins throughout the campus to trash cleanups along the streets of Fairmont.
Trisel said that almost everything can be recycled — from aluminum cans to newspapers and plastic. The two schools recycle aluminum, glass, cardboard and plastics.
Trisel said residents can make a few dollars by taking aluminum cans to a local recycling center.
“You can take those to the recycling center and get money out of it,” he said. “It’s not very much, but it’s something.”
Trisel said the dining services on campus started a project last summer to recycle their food cans. The project was funded by a grant from Novelis.
“Until that time they had all gone to the landfill,” he said.
The school bought a compactor that crushes the cans and then they are put into bins.
“The bins get picked up and we get cash for that,” Trisel said.
Dr. Erica Harvey, a professor at FSU and adviser to STAND, said if companies or organizations recycle, it will pay off.
“If they’re at their workplace that would be a useful thing to bring up,” she said. “If you’re part of an organization and paying for trash disposal, you can make a very clear fiscal argument.”