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Grant Gives Support to EIU Recycling Program


Ryan Siegel with one of 2,150 new recycling bins made possible via a grant from the Alcoa Foundation

A grant through the Alcoa Foundation is allowing Eastern Illinois University the opportunity to build upon an already active recycling program at the institution.

Ryan Siegel, campus energy and sustainability coordinator, announced that the grant enabled Eastern to obtain 2,150 deskside recycling bins to be placed in the university’s residence halls.  The approximate value of these containers is $15,000.

“We appreciate this opportunity as it allows a standardized program to be implemented on campus instead of a small program here and a small program there,” Siegel said.

EIU is one of 35 colleges and universities that received a portion of more than 11,500 recycling bins as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant program, made possible through a partnership between the foundation, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition.

The program is an effort to help schools expand their recycling efforts and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses.

“Alcoa Foundation has been a true leader in advancing recycling nationwide through its support of its bin grant and other programs,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Its involvement with the College and University Recycling Coalition’s webinar series has helped to increase recycling on campuses and instill a recycling ethic that college students will carry with them the rest of their lives.”

The College & University Recycling Coalition, in partnership with KAB and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, has announced the schedule for its 2013 series of educational webinars, sponsored by Alcoa Foundation.  CURC webinars feature recognized collegiate and industry recycling experts covering a range of topics related to sustainable materials management.  All webinars are free to registered participants.

For a complete schedule of webinars, go here.



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