Western Carolina University volunteers recently placed on campus the majority of 75 new recycling bins received through the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program.
WCU was one of 35 colleges and universities that received a donation of recycling bins as part of the program, which is an effort to help schools boost recycling and is tied to the foundation’s partnership with the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the College and University Recycling Coalition. The program also has ties to the national RecycleMania recycling competition in which WCU participates.
WCU’s recycling rates have increased 55 percent since 2009, said Lauren Bishop, energy manager at WCU.
“What that tells us is that there is a huge need to add more bins on campus,” she said. “We are truly grateful to the Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful for selecting us as a recipient.”
The recycling bins enabled WCU to expand its recycling program to athletic facilities, where students such as Matt Stenger, a junior from Hendersonville and member of WCU’s track team and field team, had reported to Bishop that there was a need. Stenger assisted with determining locations for the new recycling bins and with placing them on campus.
“The more we recycle, the more money we save by avoiding landfill costs, and it is better for the environment,” said Bishop.
For more information, contact Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-227-3562.