The Alcoa Foundation, in partnership with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), has given 60 recycling bins to NJIT as part of its national bin grant program to colleges and universities throughout the country during the 2012 RecycleMania collegiate recycling competition. The bin grant program is an effort to help schools boost their results during the competition, and expand their recycling collections throughout the year.Alcoa Foundation has awarded 32 grants to colleges and universities, ranging from well-known large universities to smaller schools. NJIT will use its bins to expand recycling in the Campus Center, academic and administrative buildings. In total, 20,000 recycling bins will be distributed on campuses throughout the country.
“We are excited to receive this grant for 60 large recycling containers. I am hopeful that these attractive containers will increase awareness and contribute to our overall recycling efforts,” said Donna Minnich Spuhler, director of the Campus Center and Student Activities, who applied for the grant and is the NJIT coordinator for RecycleMania (http://recyclemaniacs.org) and other sustainability efforts at NJIT. Minnich Spuhler also received a grant from Keep America Beautiful, Inc. to assist with data collection and promotion for RecycleMania. In 2008, through her efforts, NJIT was chosen as one of 75 grant recipients from 1,100 applicants throughout the country to receive recycling containers as part of The National Recycling Coalition and The Coca-Cola Company Spring 2008 Recycling Bin Grant program.
This is NJIT’s fourth year participating in RecycleMania, coordinated by Minnich Spuhler and assisted by NJIT’s Physical Plant and student groups, including NJIT’s Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Students from USGBC have been sitting at tables in the Campus Center lobby to promote recycling and sustainability on campus. NJIT even has its own recycling mascot “Rufus”, a small green monster who eats bottles and cans. NJIT’s annual participation in RecycleMania and the added recycling containers has increased the amount of bottle and can recycling on campus and raised student awareness.
Since 2008, Alcoa has distributed more than 100,000 recycling bins, launched the “Make an Impact” program to help families live more sustainably, developed the free Aluminate™ recycling app, and, in the last five years, invested nearly $3.5 million in community-based recycling programs. Alcoa’s recycling initiatives can be found at http://alcoa.com/alcoa_recycling.