CHARLESTON (JG-TC) — A grant through the Alcoa Foundation is allowing Eastern Illinois University the opportunity to build upon an already active recycling program at the institution.
Ryan Siegel, campus energy and sustainability coordinator, said the grant enabled Eastern to obtain 2,150 deskside recycling bins to be placed in the university’s residence halls. The approximate value of these containers is $15,000.
“We appreciate this opportunity as it allows a standardized program to be implemented on campus instead of a small program here and a small program there,” Siegel said.
EIU is one of 35 colleges and universities that received a portion of more than 11,500 recycling bins as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant program, made possible through a partnership between the foundation, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition.
The program is an effort to help schools expand their recycling efforts and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses, Siegal said.