Become a Recycling Genius

Become a Recycling Genius LogoThe Office of Sustainability is excited to introduce a new volunteer program, Recycling Geniuses, which has been developed to help address waste contamination on campus. Recycling Geniuses will receive training on new recycling guidelines and will help with a three-week education blitz in key dining areas.

The Recycling Genius program was developed in response to recurring contamination issues across campus: loads of compost and recycling are being rejected from their respective collection facilities due to cross contamination with other waste and improper sorting. This problem primarily stems from a lack of education and outdated signage at the waste receptacles.

The WashU community is committed to lowering contamination rates. The Office of Sustainability has selected America Recycles Day, which takes place November 15, as our deadline for reversing the trend of rejected loads. Recycling Geniuses will play a key role in addressing this important issue.

Recycling Geniuses will participate in a 30-minute training in early November and will volunteer in different dining halls across campus for at least three weeks. Geniuses will be stationed in front of the waste receptacles and will offer to assist people when they throw out their trash. They will also help with tabling to bring awareness to the new recycling guidelines.

The first training session will be November 1 from 6:30-7 in DUC 248, and the second will be November 2 from 5-5:30 also in DUC 258. If you want to be a Recycling Genius, please plan to attend one of these sessions.

Volunteers will work in one hour shifts, which will consist of standing by the waste receptacles and assisting people when they come to sort their waste. Volunteer opportunities will begin the week of November 7th, and are expected to last at least three weeks. We ask that each Recycling Genius volunteer for a couple shifts each week of the program.

Perks of being a Recycling Genius include:

  • Each volunteer will receive a Recycling Genius button and Composter Child t-shirt
  • Volunteers will feel good knowing they are making a difference, at WashU and within the greater St. Louis community

If you are excited about helping solve this problem and making WashU a greener place, we encourage you to fill out the form below to sign up to become a Recycling Genius. After signing up, we will send you more information regarding training and shifts. We look forward to working with you!

Recycling Genius Application

Recycling Genius Application

Recycling Geniuses must interact with people when they are throwing away their waste. This type of volunteer role requires constant positive interaction.