Academic Garbage

As the school year ends students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. And local Boulder residents, sensibly, reuse some of the students’ discarded stuff. Well no more, says the university. According to an article by Laura Snider in Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera:

This year, CU police are cracking down on Dumpster divers by posting “no trespassing” signs on the trash bins for the first time. The signs also warn “anyone entering into or remaining inside the Dumpster is subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.”

In recent years the university, which Sierra magazine named the top “green” campus in the U.S. in 2008, has already taken major steps to promote recycling and reusing, especially at the end of the year. It seems like this latest effort can only promote waste, however. What’s the problem with dumpster diving?

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer