Plastic bottles are everywhere, and everyone uses them. Every year, more and more plastic bottles are filling up landfills, which on average take roughly 450 years to biodegrade.
College of the Canyons is looking to combat the problem by installing bottle refilling stations on each floor of Mentry Hall.
The campus has eliminated 2,783 worth of plastic bottles from the landfill with the assistance of the new stations.
The second floor station saved the most by eliminating 1,621 bottles, followed by the third floor with 1,029 bottles. The first floor saved 493 bottles.
These stations use a proximity sensor to acknowledge any plastic bottle introduced to the system and automatically begins filling it.
Refills are free and highly efficient. You will save yourself money, and help the environment at the same time!
The Facilities Department provided funds necessary for the purchase and installation of the stations.
The Associated Student Government has pledged to fund the fillers for the next five years.
The idea originated within the Sustainability Center and soon spread through research and presentations.
Mentry Hall houses the Media Entertainment Arts, Architectural Drafting and Technology, Interior Design, Art, Graphic and Multimedia Design and Photography departments.