Landing residents receive warnings for not picking up trash

Audrey Carpenter

 

The notice that was posted on student's doors. Photo by Dianne Colley
The notice that was posted on student’s doors. Photo by Dianne Colley

A warning in uppercase bright red font was posted on the dorm room doors for residents of Landing from UNF Housing and Residence Life in response to the trash that’s been piling up around the Osprey Landing.

The notice said that if residents fail to clean up the trash around their building, all residents in the building will be charged a fee.

The students were given the warning two days in advance and have until today, Sept. 9, to clean up all the trash.

Bob Boyle, director of UNF Housing and Residence Life, has since informed Spinnaker that even though the students in the Landing were put on a timeline with the initial warning, they will not be making the call to charge anyone today.

He said the amount charged, if anyone is charged, “depends on how much trash we are finding and the amount of work it takes us to handle it.”

If they can identify who a single bag of trash belongs to, Boyle said it’s a $40 charge to that individual.

“At this point we haven’t charged anyone. We have given the students a little more time to clean up. We have seen a good response from a portion of the students we are still evaluating what the next step is,” Boyle said.

Katelyn Barrios, freshman, nursing major, is disgusted by all the trash around her residence hall and does not want to get in trouble for other people’s mistakes.

“I’m kind of just annoyed by it because I personally throw my trash into the actual trash can and I don’t want to get fined for other people’s wrongdoings,” Barrios said.

Another freshman, Jessica Pingry, criminal justice, is angry about being fined for others trash. “I’d rather have them fine the people who are just leaving the trash around instead of fining everybody. That will just make everybody more mad, like I am,” Pingry said.  

When asked about a possible solution to the problem, Pingry said “closer trash, like the big trash cans, like having them closer.”   

Randy, resident of Landing and a mechanical engineering major, also does not want everyone to get in trouble for the actions of a few.

He believes that by working together the problem can be fixed. “I feel as though if anyone can help like just help pick up trash even if it’s not their problem, but it affects all of us.”

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