Saint Joseph’s College receives grant to boost recycling

Saint Joseph’s College will boost their recycling efforts this summer thanks to a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation that will help purchase 32 additional recycling bins to be stationed in new campus locations and to supplement other locations. According to Jeanne Gulnick, the college’s sustainability coordinator,

“It is our plan to use these bins, along with a comprehensive campus-wide education and signage campaign, to take the recycling program at Saint Joseph’s College to a new level.”

The single-sort bins will allow the campus community to recycle a large majority of its waste, but they will be paired with standalone trash containers for the short list of items that can’t be recycled. Gulnick says recycling on the campus has plateaued over the last four years.

Student eco-reps and a faculty/staff eco team will help with the educational campaign to launch the new recycling initiative. “We feel strongly that teaching stewardship values is an important part of the education and mission of Saint Joseph’s College,” Gulnick says.

“Through our partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling efforts across the United States,” says Lori George Billingsley, vice president of community relations for Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future. “Providing infrastructure for people to recycle on-the-go in our communities is a key component of making recycling a natural thing to do,” says Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca Cola’s support and commitment to recycling, and for its support and commitment of the Bin Grant Program.”

The Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. In its seven years of operation, the Bin Grant Program has placed 29,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

June 26, 2012
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu