Mount Union Receives Recycling Bin Grant

March 20, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union is one of 33 colleges and universities in the United States to be awarded a recycling bin grant through the RecycleMania competition.

RecycleMania, organized through a partnership between the Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful, is a friendly competition that aims to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on campuses.

According to Mount Union sustainability and outreach coordinator Natalie Kee, the university received 1,584 recycling bins, which will be distributed to every campus residence hall and apartment before the end of the school year. Kee said she is working with the Mount Union Office of Residence Life to distribute the bins. Students will soon be able to recycle paper, plastics, glass, cans, cardboard and paper board.

“We’re very appreciative that we got this grant because this is a huge step for our recycling program,” Kee said. “Hopefully it will encourage students to not only recycle more of their waste but possibly to even think about the products they buy and how much waste they might generate.”

“Our continued support of RecycleMania is designed to ignite real change, to achieve one thing — dramatically higher recycling rates,” said Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa. “Through the recycling bin grant program, we want to encourage a social shift toward recycling on college campuses. We want to show Millenials that recycling is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do, and it’s something they should be in the habit of doing long after they leave college.”

In an effort to increase recycling at partner schools, Alcoa Foundation offered three types of recycling bins — small general purpose bins designed for residence hall rooms or offices, indoor public space bins and a public space bin ideal for outdoor venues. This year’s bin variety enabled selected schools to get the infrastructure where it is needed most to divert recyclables from the waste stream. Mount Union will use the small, general purpose bins to increase awareness about waste reduction among campus residents.

“RecycleMania provides colleges and universities with an easy way to boost recycling on campus and to instill students with a greater sense of obligation to recycle throughout their lives,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “We’re thankful for the support of Alcoa Foundation, and for the company’s continued leadership in advancing recycling nationwide.”

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