Class Hopes for Drought of Water Bottles

In an effort to raise awareness of unnecessary water-bottle usage on campus, students of the Talking Trash: Waste in America class constructed a giant receptacle shaped like a water bottle and placed it in Olin Plaza.

Giant Water Bottle

Water-bottle receptacle created by the students of the Talking Trash: Waste in America class

Throughout the week of March 19, the structure, which stands more than 6 feet tall, will be filled with a day’s worth of water bottles collected from academic buildings and first-year dorms as a way to illustrate just a small sample of the widespread use of water bottles on campus. The final project will be revealed as part of the Recyclemania event on March 24.

Students in the class, which is taught by Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies Leah Joseph, launched the project in conjunction with Take Back the Tap, a program run by Food & Water Watch that aims to promote the benefits of tap water.