GREENVILLE, PA — The Thiel College community will be seeing green this semester as the college participates in RecycleMania, beginning January 18 and running for 10 weeks.
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campuses. During RecycleMania, schools report recycling and trash data, which are then ranked. Each week, participating schools watch how compare to other schools and use this to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.
Thiel is participating under the “Targeted Materials” category, and will be collecting glass and plastic bottles and aluminum and steel cans. Late last semester, Thiel was awarded a Recycling Bin Grants from the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) and the Coca-Cola Company. The college received 60 blue recycling bins, which will be placed throughout campus.
In order to spread the word about RecycleMania, the bins will be displayed prominently on campus and an informational kiosk staffed by Thiel students also will pop up around campus to give out information and demonstrations on how to recycle properly and the importance of recycling and other sustainable practices. Other RecycleMania events for the campus community are still being planned for the duration of the semester.
“We are starting slowly, but surely, with our recycling program here at Thiel,” says John Rindy, dean of educational outreach and co-coordinator of the greening effort. “We are being very deliberate in our planning to insure the long term success and sustainability of recycling on Thiel’s campus.”
The College eventually hopes to expand its recycling program to include paper and cardboard. Currently, Thiel’s collection center will be for campus recyclables only, although Thiel hopes to open it up to the Greenville community one day as well, says Rindy.
For more information about RecyleMania, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org. For more information about the Community Greening Initiative, visit www.thiel.edu/cbi.