Alcoa Foundation Boosts Trinity University’s Recycling Program with Free Bins

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Susie P. Gonzalez
Feb. 23, 2011

Alcoa Foundation Boosts Trinity University’s Recycling Program with Free Bins

Added convenience for students in campus residence halls to transport materials

Trinity students display the University's new recycling bins. From left, they are Katie Banick, co-coordinator of Trinity's 2011 RecycleMania competition; Libby day, president of Students Organized for Sustainability; and Eric Elliott, coordinator of the student group's glass recycling program.

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University is one of 13 schools across the nation to receive free bins from the
Alcoa Foundation to enhance the already robust campus recycling program. The stackable bins are being delivered to student residence halls to encourage and promote recycling during the annual RecycleMania college-based competition.

Trinity was invited to apply for the bins, based largely upon the University's active participation in past RecycleMania tournaments, said Sharon Curry, the University's sustainability coordinator. Trinity received 2,600 six-gallon bins with an estimated value of $13,000.

"The intent was to provide these bins to give residents a convenient way to transport materials from their rooms to the central collection areas located on most floors of Trinity's 16 residence halls," Curry said. "We anticipate most recyclers will use the new bin to collect and transport plastic and aluminum to the central collection areas."

Trinity's RecycleMania involvement has been recognized the past two years by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling for recycling food waste, primarily food preparation or kitchen waste, and collecting bottles, aluminum cans, and corrugated cardboard. The 10-week RecycleMania tournament spans 10 weeks during the spring semester of the academic year as is considered a friendly challenge among colleges and universities to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction.

The bins are being distributed through a partnership of Alcoa, Keep America Beautiful, and the College and University Recycling Coalition. Alcoa is promoting the bins as a way to support collegiate recycling and move closer to its goal of increasing the nationwide recycling rate to 75 percent by the year 2015.

Other universities selected to receive the free bins this year are Carnegie Mellon, Clemson, Florida A&M, Howard, Kansas State, Ohio State, University of Evansville, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Temple University and Franklin College.




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