Big bin on campus
Big bin on campus
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
The philanthropic arm of aluminum titan Alcoa is partnering with two other organizations to improve the recycling infrastructure at college campuses.
The Alcoa Foundation will be working with national beautification organization Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), an organization that facilitates the exchange of technical information and best practices for waste reduction at institutions of higher learning, to provide more than 11,500 recycling bins to 35 college and universities throughout the U.S. These recycling bins will help to expand on-campus recycling programs and raise awareness about the environmental impact of recycling.
The Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program was created to help schools boost their recycling results during the eight-week RecycleMania tournament, a competition among colleges and universities to see which can recycle the most, while also strengthening their recycling efforts by reaching more than 300,000 students, staff, faculty and campus visitors throughout the year.
The grantees will each receive between 100 and 1,500 recycling bins in different on-campus settings – student housing and academic buildings, athletic facilities, administrative offices and in outdoor public spaces. This year's variety of recycling bins has enabled selected schools to install additional recycling infrastructure where they need it most in an effort to divert recyclables from the waste stream.
Additionally, the CURC will be hosting a series of webinars  on sustainable materials management.
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