Bronco Student Center Takes Sustainable Step Forward With Zero Waste Bins

Bronco Student Center Takes Sustainable Step Forward With Zero Waste Bins


Associated Students Inc. (ASI) is proud to introduce a new sustainable feature to our dynamic campus—zero waste bins made from recycled materials. The latest additions will be housed in the Bronco Student Center (BSC, Bldg. 35).

Image of the zero waste bins' ASI logo
Image of the zero waste bins’ ASI logo.

The project is a collaboration with The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies and Athletics as part of a campus-wide effort to increase sustainable practices and promote interdepartmental projects. Although the project was two years coming, the wait was well worth it as the bins are now the first sustainable project to receive funding from The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF).

TGIF creates a more accessible line of communication between ASI Student Government and student clubs who want to implement sustainable projects on campus, such as these zero waste bins.

The bins themselves are the brainchild of Ariel Marsh, a Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) alumni and former ASI  Fab Five member. During her master’s program at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, Marsh created the concept of zero waste bins consisting of three sections: compost, landfill and recycling.

Image of the zero waste bins made completely out of recycled materials such as milk cartons
 Image of the zero waste bins made completely out of recycled materials such as milk cartons.

Although the bins debuted at the Kellogg Arena (Bldg. 43), Barnaby Peake, director of the Bronco Student Center, saw the need for them inside the BSC(Bldg. 35).

“Right now we have this system—a wastebasket and smaller recycling bin,” Peake said. “There’s a statement being made that we expect you’re going to throw more away into landfill than into recycling.”

The initial goal of these bins was to eventually eliminate all landfill waste, however, they also serve to educate students about sustainability and promote eco-friendly decisions on campus.

“As we think about BroncoFusion, Hot Dog Caper and any BEAT events, we would be aware of planning the event keeping in mind what waste could be composted, recycled or landfilled,” Peake said. “I hope that from there, someday the whole campus embraces this and we can start composting on a regular basis.”

The Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC, Bldg. 42) serves as an example of the sustainable future Peake envisions for the BSC (Bldg. 35), with its LEED Gold Certification and composting program at Jamba Juice.

Unfortunately, collecting and disposing of daily compostable waste is a large task, one that the BSC is not quite ready to take on. However, the building is already taking steps towards more sustainable features. Such features include new LED lights throughout the building and a BSC master plan that is in the works to identify what changes need to be made to make the building eco-friendly.

Image of the interchangeable frames of the zero waste bins
Image of the interchangeable frames of the zero waste bins.

“The university’s commitment is to reduce our carbon footprint and that’s ultimately the goal ASI shares as well,” Peake said. “When you have a building like the BSC that half of it is 40 years old and the other half is 14, it is a bigger challenge…that’s our commitment, doing everything we can regarding our facilities.”

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To learn more about TGIF, please visit their site here.