Methodist Hall residents soon will have an easy way to recycle.
Student Government Association passed the Repurposing Club’s bill to fund recycling bins last year, but the bins were not purchased until Friday.
Alumnus Ken Williams, former president of the Repurposing Club, wrote the bill, which asked for money to purchase 200 recycling bins to be placed in each Methodist Hall room. Senators approved the bill, but the former SGA president vetoed it, saying senators needed more time to discuss concerns of practicality.
The bill passed with a smaller amount of bins later by new SGA President Randy Gipson-Black and money was placed into an OrgSync account so the Repurposing Club could purchase the bins.
Williams graduated in the spring before any bins were purchased, so the money sat in the OrgSync account of an organization with no president.
SGA had two options: find new leadership for the club or allow Young Democrats to purchase the bins. The Repurposing Club and Young Democrats were co-authors on the bill, said Austin Gipson-Black, SGA vice president and Young Democrats president.
Officials decided the Young Democrats should make the purchase. The money was transferred to their account, and the organization purchased 180 bins Friday. There’s no estimated arrival date, Austin Gipson-Black said.
“I’m very excited for OCU as a whole as we’re making a big step in the right direction toward being a more green campus,” he said.
Mary Margaret Dutcher, dance sophomore, said she is thankful that OCU is making this step.
“I’m just so grateful to the people that set this in motion because it’s definitely something that everyone on campus is excited about,” said Dutcher, a member of Repurposing Club. “It’s so beneficial to build these habits while we’re in college, and these bins will make that so easy.”