University student in trouble for promoting recycling

Travis Lewis, a don at Brock University's Village Residence, with the recycling bins he is...

Travis Lewis, a don at Brock University's Village Residence, with the recycling bins he is personally trundling out to a central garbage pick-up area so the students who live in his building can recycle. He is photographed on Monday, April 7, 2014. (Julie Jocsak/ QMI Agency)

Marlene Bergsma, QMI Agency

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ST. CATHARINES, Ont.- A Brock University student is on disciplinary probation and in danger of losing his job as a residence don because of his efforts to promote recycling.

Travis Lewis, a second-year political science student at the St. Catharines, Ont., school, put on rubber gloves and a face mask and hopped into garbage dumpsters that serve his residence.

The 19-year-old posted a fast-motion video to YouTube documenting the amount of recyclable material ending up in local landfills because most of the 900 students who live in Brock's Village Residence don't have easy access to recycling containers.

"There are three locations where garbage is collected, but only one place for recycling," Lewis said, showing where the bins are located.

"The garbage bins are closer than the recycling bins," so many students take the easy way out and toss everything in the garbage, he said.

Lewis said the 75 students who live in the court told him in September they wan


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