Alcoa Foundation Recycle Bins Are Making The Difference In Collegiate Recycling

In 2012, 33 colleges and universities received 19,948 recycling bins courtesy of the Alcoa Foundation. After one year of use in residential halls, stadiums, student unions and administration buildings, the numbers reported prove that these bins do indeed make a difference in campus recycling efforts.

Overall, 2.5 million pounds of recyclables were collected with an average of 6,734 people having access to these bins on a daily basis. According to Dr. Sue Gaylor, vice president of administration and planning at Lycoming College, “Between 2011 and 2012, we saw a decrease in the college’s waste (non-recyclables) tonnage by 156 tons. The Alcoa Foundation grant helped Lycoming College execute its commitment to recycling and sustainability. These recycling bins are one of several successful initiatives that the Sustainability Office has achieved in 2012.” Additionally, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale saw its campus recycling rates rise by 7%, while Arizona State University was able to place its recycling bins in highly utilized areas on campus, thereby enhancing campus engagement around its recycling program.

Since 2011, the Alcoa Foundation has provided more than 82,000 blue recycling bins to 81 colleges and universities. The Alcoa Foundation Bin Grant Program is an effort to help schools boost and expand their recycling collections throughout the year.

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