Messy Machuga: A Residence Hall Entrance Littered With Trash

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Published September 17, 2021
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A Cheeto bag on the ground outside of Machuga Heights. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Montclair State University students are finding garbage outside the entrance of Machuga Heights.

From muddy rainwater to empty Cheeto bags and disposable masks, trash lingers outside Machuga Heights without anyone there to clean it up. Dead wasps have also been found near the entrance.

A plethora of garbage covered in muck right by the entrance of Machuga Heights. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

A plethora of garbage sits by the entrance of Machuga Heights.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Rainwater collected into piles of muck and mold, and the usual wind on campus has been blowing garbage from the trash can onto the ground. The concrete in the area is also covered in grime and old gum.

The lower entrance to Dinallo Heights. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

The lower entrance to Dinallo Heights.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

The entrances to other residence halls like Dinallo Heights, Blanton Hall and Bohn Hall are relatively clean and tidy, besides the occasional overflowing trash cans.

Machuga Heights residents shared their opinions on the state of the residence hall’s entrance. Nicholas Tedesco, a freshman film and television major, is not happy with the mess.

“I think it’s rather frustrating, especially when there [are] so many bins within reach to throw waste into,” Tedesco said.

Everything from hair to cup lids and used masks can be found collecting outside. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Everything from hair to cup lids and used masks can be found collecting outside.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

A wasp carcass next to a rotting piece of food. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

A wasp carcass next to a rotting piece of food. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Sam Ansah, a sophomore undecided, shared who he thinks is to blame for the problem.

“It’s pretty disgusting honestly,” Ansah said. “I think the students should be blamed [and] the school should have some way of deterring or punishing students from littering, especially since we pay a high price to live here.”

Someone's leftover desert on a bench outside the entrance to Machuga. John LaRosa | The Montclarion.

Someone’s leftover Wendy’s on a bench outside the entrance to Machuga Heights.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion.

A rusty, grime-filled rail on the steps leading up to the entrance of Machuga. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

A rusty rail on the steps leading up to the entrance of Machuga Heights.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Garbage piling around the leg of a bench right outside Machuga Heights. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Garbage piles around the leg of a bench outside of Machuga Heights.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

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