With global efforts toward sustainability increasing drastically, the university should do all it can to help promote green efforts on campus.
The Dream Machines would be a convenient way for students to recycle on campus, and providing incentives in the form of gift certificates and coupons makes that opportunity even better.
Furthermore, the machines come at an extremely low cost to the university, leaving administrators little excuse for not allowing the machines to be installed.
Other universities, such as the University of Texas at Arlington, have added the kiosks and it is time that TCU caught up.
The recent meeting between PepsiCo, Waste Management and the university should serve as one of the final steps to getting these machines on campus. And the sooner, the better.
In the recreation center and possibly the library, places where bottled drinks are extremely prevalent, many bottles just go in the trash every day that could be recycled with the use of the Dream Machine kiosks.
However, the university should do more than install these machines. Recycling efforts should be increased so that students, faculty and staff always have a clear choice of recycling anywhere on TCU’s campus.
News editor Katey Muldrow for the editorial board.