By Alex Huff | Dec 11, 2015

EcoReps is continuing its Green Greek Representatives blog segment with Dylan Reynolds from the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, who discussed the new waste fines:

Dylan Reynolds
Dylan Reynolds

"Family households will face small fines for infractions, only $1 per can found to contain recyclables and compostables. However, larger properties such as apartments -- or greek houses -- will face a $50 fine per infraction. Previously this issue was a moral one, based on whether or not you chose to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Now, it appeals to a much higher power: financial reasons. And any honest member of the Greek community surely knows that we do not excel at recycling or composting as a whole.

"So, what can be done to prepare for this new law? Speaking from experience in my chapter, I believe that the approach should be educational and cultural instead of punitive. The negative reinforcement of fines or similar measures only drives people to not get caught. Instead, house leadership should make the house’s stance on recycling and composting clear, and they now have every reason to be completely for it. This can be done simply by discussing the issue at chapter and making it a topic on people’s minds. By getting members to buy into the program, they will make an effort even when no one is around to check.

"Of course, this cannot happen without informed members. Living in Seattle, we should all be aware of composting and recycling practices. And in Greek chapters it is the duty of the members to help and educate each other. The new Green Greek Representatives program is a great way to have an elected member of each chapter become well versed in these practices so that they can share them with their chapter. That being said, it should be viewed as every member’s responsibility to encourage and educate on trash disposal."

Photo Credit: Dylan Reynolds