The Physics Department is at the forefront of recycling on Southern’s campus. There are several different bins located in the Physics office, study area, and classrooms for recycling. These include bins for old batteries, aluminum cans, paper, and cardboard. Also, Dr. Hefferlin often takes glass and plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, aluminum foil and pans, batteries, oil, paper and cardboard, and old electronics to nearby recycling centers—things from his home and things he picks up around Campus. He also takes Departmental packaging-peanuts and bubble wrap to packaging stores to be reused.
Several teachers and students bring paper in to be sorted and recycled. Not only are there bins for white paper and mixed paper, but the department sorts out paper that can be directly reused again. There are shelves full of scratch paper and paper (three-hole punched or not) that can be printed on again on the blank side. Most recently, a retiring teacher brought in a stack of paper over six feet high for the department to sort through. The professors and student workers have been working diligently to un-staple and sort each individual paper, so that each sheet of paper can reach its full recycling potential.
If you are in need of scratch paper or printer paper, feel free to stop by the Physics office and request a stack. Below is a link to a document that Dr. Hefferlin has created that lists different recyclable items and where you can bring them locally to have them recycled. Every item that you recycle makes a difference and helps the earth stay clean. Take the initiative to make the world a less polluted place.