BHC receives Moline Recycling Super Hero award

Pictured are Clean Sphere members David Koffi and Andrea Ochoa-Raya, advisor and biology professor Marilynn Bartels, groundskeeper David Shelangouski, and Clean Sphere member Alondra Rosas.

From the Keep Moline Beautiful Commission/City of Moline:

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, has been a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States since 1997. Every year on or around Nov. 15, individuals, clubs and organizations highlight and educate the importance of recycling in our homes and communities. Keep Moline Beautiful sponsors contests for elementary schools and recognizes efforts made in our community by honoring nominees with our Moline Recycling Super Hero award. From our first recipients in 2010, the Paydens, who collected recyclables after every MHS sporting event to the MHS special education students who collect and sort all of the recycling at their school, we are happy to honor recycling efforts in our city.

Black Hawk College and Clean Sphere

It seems that Black Hawk College celebrates America Recycles Day … everyday! In just 10 months of 2014, Black Hawk College recycled 60,000 lbs of mixed paper, 20,000 lbs of cardboard, and 4,000 lbs of plastic bottles and cans! That of course kept all of those items out of the landfill and were then recycled into new paper and cardboard, new plastic bottles and cans saving energy, natural resources and money!

The recycling program at Black Hawk College has been in effect for more than 20 years. The state of Illinois requires that a waste sort must be conducted every five years. This report determines the current recycling efforts and identifying the kinds of waste being generated and how much of it is recyclable materials. At the last sort, there were more than 50 student/staff and faculty members who volunteered! Lead custodian Janet DeVilder noted that recycle containers are always needing to be emptied and feels students are now in the habit of recycling versus throwing away … all efforts helping the environment!

If you had been lucky enough to attend the waste sort, you would have met students who are members of Clean Sphere! Over the past 10 years, biology professor Marilynn Bartels has been the staff advisor to this active environmental club at Black Hawk College. Clean Sphere has organized many campus cleanup events where they then separate the trash from the recyclables including any scrap metal that is found. Clean Sphere has participated in the nationwide RecycleMania competition. Also, they have participated in Alternative Spring Break activities. So instead of heading to Florida, students have stayed home and participated in local cleanups! Many transparencies are used in classrooms, are collected by club members and then sent to 3M for recycling. They have also been active in recycling education efforts on campus, including a program where they rewarded students “caught being good” because they were recycling! These busy students have also put together educational displays during the college’s Fall Fest, Spring Fling and Earth Day activities that are held on the QC Campus.

Their mission statement is as follows: “Clean Sphere strives to encourage environmental appreciation, awareness and stewardship among the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Black Hawk College.” So along with all of the club’s efforts and the colleges successful recycling program, Keep Moline Beautiful is happy to present both Black Hawk College and Clean Sphere with our Moline Recycling Super Hero award.


Last updated 12/15/2015, 1/7/2016