Purdue receives 150 new recycling bins
Purdue has received 150 recycling bins as part of a bin grant program sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation in partnership with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC).
The bin grant program is an effort to help schools expand their recycling collections throughout the year and to boost their results when participating in the annual Recyclemania competition. In total, 20,000 recycling bins were distributed on campuses nationwide.
Purdue will use its bins to expand recycling operations in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Electrical Engineering Building, Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Whistler Hall of Agricultural Research, Marriott Hall, and Pfendler Hall of Agriculture.
"The 150 bins we have received through the recycling bin grant will provide more comprehensive recycling bin coverage in six of our high-traffic academic buildings," says Michael Gulich, director of sustainability. "These bins will improve Purdue's recycling program and contribute to our overall sustainability initiatives on campus."
Purdue participated in Recyclemania for its third straight year from Feb. 5 through March 31, competing in the Grand Champion, Per Capita Classic, Gorilla, Waste Minimization, Food Service Organics, and the pilot Electronics categories. Recyclemania is a national recycling challenge in which more than 600 colleges and universities report the most recyclable items per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, and the least amount of trash per capita.
Purdue's new bins were not available for this year's Recyclemania, but Gulich says they will help in future competitions.