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Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful Help Students Recycle
Foundation Provides more than 11,500 Recycling Bins for Campus Initiatives
STAMFORD, Conn. (March 7, 2013) — Alcoa Foundation is partnering with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) to provide more than 11,500 recycling bins to 35 college and universities throughout the United States. 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, and strengthen their recycling efforts by reaching more than 300,000 students, staff, faculty and campus visitors throughout the year. RecycleMania, which concludes on March 31, is a competition that aims to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses.
“We’re proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide more than 11,500 recycling bins to college and university campuses,” said Paula Davis, president, Alcoa Foundation. “The recycling bin grant program reinforces Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to increasing recycling rates in the U.S. to 75 percent by 2015.”
“Alcoa Foundation has been a true leader in advancing recycling nationwide through its recycling bin grant and other programs,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “Its involvement with RecycleMania and the College & 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 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.
The Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program recipients are:
Additionally, CURC, in partnership with KAB and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), 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 to curc3r.org.