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Bridgewater Snags Grant to Improve Campus Recycling

As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and the reduction of waste, Bridgewater College has secured a $7,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation for the installation of 75 new recycling containers on campus.

Bridgewater is one of 35 colleges and universities to receive funds through Alcoa's Recycling Bin Grant Program, which operates in partnership with Keep America Beautiful Inc. and the College and University Recycling Coalition.

The college will install 25 60-gallon containers and 50 23-gallon containers at various campus locations March 15.

"The large bins will give us the ability to expand our recycling program into the athletic fields where we currently have limited recycling collection," he said. "Also, the smaller ones will be strategically placed in academic and administrative buildings to improve recycling efforts in those areas."

Molalenge said one requirement of the grant is that the college establish a system to track the amount of recycling that goes into the bins. He said this requirement will provide a learning opportunity for student interns.

"Overall, the grant will strengthen the college's commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability and its goal to reduce waste and increase efficiency on campus," Molalenge said.

He added that Alcoa's recycling bin grant program helps schools increase recycling throughout the year and boosts their results during its annual RecycleMania competition, in which Bridgewater College has been a participant since 2007.

Posted 3/7/13

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