TCDSU delivers “Train To Be A Recycling Champion” workshop to students

Today’s participants set to lead upcoming recycling workshops in Trinity Hall

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) are teaming up with Trinity’s Sustainability Officer, Michele Hallahan, to deliver a recycling workshop to students this morning. This is the first workshop of its kind for Trinity students.

The session, called “Train To Be A Recycling Champion!”, instructs attendees on how to deliver 15 minute workshops at Trinity and Trinity Hall in correct recycling methods. It aims to minimise confusion surrounding recycling and allow participants to share best practice recycling techniques with others.

Speaking to Trinity News, TCDSU Environmental Officer Pola Radomska explained that the training workshop aims to give students the “skills and confidence” to be able to educate their peers on what materials are recyclable and what are non-recyclable in Ireland. “Since China has announced that they will no longer accept our recyclables, Ireland now has to take responsibility for its waste and there’s a huge push towards correct recycling practices,” Radomska outlined.

“I think it’s important for sustainability to become a dominant feature in our daily lives, and hopefully soon we won’t have to think about sustainable practices, they’ll just be second nature to us!,” continued Radomska.

The students who are trained today will lead recycling workshops in Trinity Hall to the incoming Freshers. The session is taking place in the Synge theatre in the Hamilton building this morning and runs for one hour.

TCD Plastic Solutions, a student activist group seeking to eliminate single-use plastics in Trinity, are holding the compulsory recycling workshops at Trinity Hall next week for incoming first year students. The workshops, called “Sort Your Shit”, have been implemented in response to high levels of contamination in recycling bins at student residences.

15 workshops are set to be held in Halls on September 6. These workshops consist of two parts, with the first session dedicated to distinguishing between n what is and is not recyclable. The second part equips students with ideas for how they can reduce waste in their accommodation.

Lauren Boland

Lauren Boland was the Editor of the 67th volume of Trinity News. She is an English Literature and Sociology graduate and previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.