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GSC Receives Grant for Recycling Bins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2013

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390
Bob.edwards@glenville.edu

Glenville, WV–Glenville State College has received a grant for one-hundred recycling bins that will be placed around campus to help encourage students, faculty, and staff to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

“The additional recycling bins on campus will help continue to build a culture of environmental sustainability. Recycling conserves natural resources and energy and reduces the volume of waste going into landfills. I encourage all students, faculty and staff to use the bins,” said Dr. Milan Vavrek, GSC Professor of Natural Resource Management and Department Chair. Vavrek is also the Faculty Advisor for the Glenville Environmental Organization (GEO).

GEO started the recycling effort on the GSC campus several years ago, and as awareness of the project, members needed more people involved. For the past two years, the GSC recycling group has included other organizations and individuals who are interested in promoting recycling to protect the environment.

“Because of the increased number of people who are now taking part in our recycling project, the amount of recyclables that we are collecting has grown dramatically. The new bins we will be receiving should further increase campus awareness and allow us to recycle even more in the future,” said GSC senior Natural Resource Management major Morgan Talbott of Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia.

GSC seniors unloading recycle containers

GSC seniors Morgan Talbott, and twin brothers Jessie (left) and Johnny King collect recyclables from Louis Bennett Hall and the Heflin Administration Building.

The new bins will arrive this summer and will be placed in residence halls, athletic venues, academic buildings, classrooms, the Morris Criminal Justice Training Center, and the Alan B. Mollohan Campus Community Center.
Glenville State College is one of 156 local government, schools, colleges and other community groups nationwide to receive a grant.  Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their programs in the future. Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola partnered with the College and Recycling Coalition (CURC) to offer grants to CURC member campuses. 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 more than 29,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia.  A full list of the spring 2013 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org/.

“Through our support of the Bin Grant program and our long-standing partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to bring sustainability to life in local communities across the country,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America Group. “By increasing access to recycling today, we build sustainable communities for the future,” said Billingsley.

“One of the main barriers to recycling is convenience. Providing a recycling bin helps communities overcome that barrier,” said 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.”

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.

Since its inception, the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than 500 million dollars to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to
www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html.

For more information about GEO or the GSC recycling group, contact Vavrek at Milan.Vavrek@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6375.

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