Over the past few years, UVA fraternity and sorority members have tried, through various organizations, to promote recycling after fraternity parties. I was involved in a Student Council task force in 2009 before we realized that two other groups were simultaneously attempting to solve the same problem. At last, the student organization Greek Recycling has finally succeeded in promoting recycling in the fraternity houses after parties.
"We picked up around 5,000 pounds last fall which we considered to be a big success for our first semester of picking up. Our goal for this semester is 8,000 pounds and I think we can easily attain that," said Robert Chapman, the third-year Engineer and new Greek Recycling leader. Chapman, who was also elected on Thursday night as the new chair of the Inter-fraternity Council's Sustainability efforts, has worked hard to get this group up and running. "With most of the original members graduating last year, Robert quickly filled their shoes and led to the quick growth of the group," said Peter Simasek, a fourth-year in the commerce school and one of the founders of Greek Recycling. The organization has come far in the past few years and built great momentum.
"It's a great group to be involved in and a good way to make a very real difference in our Charlottesville community and especially in this Rugby Road area," says Chapman.