Trash Talk

"Things do not change; we change." - Henry David Thoreau (photo by Olivia Grabar Sage)

“Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau (photos by Olivia Grabar Sage ’15)

By now, y’all have probably seen these little posts sticking up around campus. Maybe you glanced at them without giving their presence a second thought. Maybe you tripped over one and cursed it and the entire concept of its existence. Or maybe, like me, you investigated.

If you investigated, you probably found out that Kenyon’s getting itself some new trash cans. According to the Collegian, these ten new receptacles are going to cost approximately $1,900 apiece if bought at the per-unit price. Sure, they’re expensive, but their new locations and trendy-as-heck design promise to usher in a new era of waste removal here at Kenyon. Perhaps our collective dream of a Middle Path free of Keystone cans and dirty underwear will finally be realized.

Still, $1,900 definitely qualifies as a “pretty penny.” Could the College have instead bought something else worth just as much? Twenty-five free doughnuts for each student? A campus-owned Mini Cooper? A marble toilet for Farr Hall’s unisex bathroom? Something legitimately practical? Sound off in the comments.

8 responses

  1. there are a handful of idiots here who, when inebriated, can’t handle respecting property that isn’t tethered to the ground and impossible to destroy. i’m going to go ahead and say that behavior like theirs is a factor that contributed to the purchase of such expensive trash cans.

  2. Considering that we want to, you know, maintain our campus and make it look pretty and not have it strewn with trash, yeah, the price of the new trashcans is probably worth it.

  3. Please, please, please tell me these new hip trash receptacles will be part of a RECYCLING system. Or will I just get to seem them full of recyclables that will hit the nearby dump! WTF?!

  4. Pingback: New Trash Cans Are Here | The Thrill

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