Mt. Ida College is a wonderful school that thoughtfully provides hourly shuttle bus service from the local MBTA stop to the college, enabling commuting students to easily get to and from classes. Unfortunately, after each group of students patiently waits for their bus, sipping coffee, eating pastries and ice cream, they leave behind their detritus on the sidewalk and in the parking lot. They do so even though there is trash bin right where they wait.
The parking lot is on my route to and from the train station, and so I often get to witness this. Here a bag from the doughnut store has been dropped within three feet of the trash bin, a typical pattern visible after the bus leaves.
The college offers a large variety of courses of study. Maybe there should be a required class in environmental studies, or maybe the administration can just send word to the students to be better neighbors.