The Alcoa Foundation, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), is providing 60 recycling bins to Butler University 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.

“Our continued support of RecycleMania is designed to ignite real change, to achieve one thing: dramatically higher recycling rates,” said Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa. “Through the recycling bin grant program, we want to encourage a social shift toward recycling on college campuses. We want to show Millenials that recycling is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do, and it’s something they should be in the habit of doing long after they leave college.”

Butler University has participated in the national RecycleMania contest for the past five years. To date, the University has recycled over 250,000 pounds of recyclable materials during the contest dates. In addition to helping Butler’s RecycleMania efforts, the new bins will expand recycling efforts year-round in academic buildings, the campus’ two cafeterias, all campus dormitories and Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The RecycleMania began on Feb. 5 and runs through March 31. During this time, colleges and universities vie for top awards in nine categories to see which schools recycle the most on a per capita basis, produce the least amount of waste, and recycle the largest percentage of their overall waste.

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