Since most of the obvious topics (parking, food) have been hit on so far. I’ll tackle another topic, albeit one I haven’t touched on for a few years:
Bucknell recycling fines.
Look, I’m all for recycling and generally Bucknell does a good job (amount of containers on campus to deposit recyclables). But the fact that I’ve been fined for people putting the wrong material in a certain bin is ridiculous. For one, it causes the external effect of people choosing to throw things in the trash, which is the whole point a recycling program has been implemented! I know friends who did that on principle for a couple weeks because they were fed up with it. I can’t say I’m the most familiar with Pennsylvania or Union County’s recycling program, but I do know that back home in Columbus we just separate paper from other recyclables. The rest is separated onsite.
I know that Bucknell has a “mandatory” practice, but since it’s only evaluated on what’s put in and not who puts it in, it only ends up punishing people. Maybe when the policy was implemented back in 2006 a concerted effort was needed to ensure that recycling was done rather just throwing items away. I would argue that today (especially with the smart and educated people here at Bucknell), people default to recycling unless they know they cannot and have to throw it away. I certainly do. Maybe an emphasis to limiting consumption and reusing should start being implemented?