Students work for clean campus

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ever wonder who is responsible for putting out bags for garbage disposal at Troy University football games?

A small group of students composed of those from Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Student Government Association, Athletic Training Department and Freshman Forum come together before Troy home games to distribute trash bags around the tailgating areas.

Doc Anderson, athletic training professor and chair of the city of Troy’s Antilitter Committee, said he started this program two years ago as a way to teach students about being green.

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“Last week we put out 400 bags on tent ropes,” Anderson said.

“All the bags were filled.”

Anderson said Troy fans are good about putting their trash in the proper places.

The five-gallon bags are provided by Alabama PALS, an organization whose goal is to promote a cleaner healthier Alabama.

Anderson said it usually takes the group about 20 minutes to dispense all the bags.

“We’ll probably put out 200 bags this week,” Anderson said.

“This is a good way for students to be involved and keep trash off campus.”

Anderson said the city’s antilitter committee is working to have a citywide community clean up in the spring.

“We need volunteers desperately,” Anderson said.

“We would like to get all churches and industries involved in this.”

Anderson said they will begin working diligently on organization of the clean up after the holidays.

“We are looking for young people to help,” Anderson said.

“We have a lot of people my age and older.”