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Grant Ramps Up Recycling Efforts

Thanks to the efforts of Fontbonne University’s Environmental Club and the club’s president, Marielle Counts, the school is one of only 35 colleges in the nation to receive a grant from the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program, a collaboration between Alcoa Foundation, Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition. Soon, 500 new recycling bins will line academic and administrative offices and resident rooms, enhancing Fontbonne’s recycling infrastructure in an effort to divert recyclables from the waste stream.

The Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program is an effort to help schools boost their recycling results during the eight-week RecycleMania Tournament and expand their recycling efforts throughout the year. RecycleMania is a friendly competition that aims to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses.

During RecycleMania, which concludes on March 31, Fontbonne will compete against other colleges and universities for top awards in nine categories to see which schools recycle the most on a per capita basis, produce the least amount of waste and recycle the largest percentage of their overall waste. In 2012, 605 colleges and universities participated in the challenge, collecting more than 92 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics.

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