Release Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Charleston, W.Va. - University of Charleston officials will expand recycling efforts on campus thanks to a grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Recycling Assistance Program (REAP) in the amount of $22,793.99.
The UC Facilities Department applied for the grant with assistance from the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority. The money will be used to purchase a new utility vehicle with trailer to haul recyclable materials across campus. It will also allow for the purchase of a new dump bin for waste materials such as metal and glass, which can be recycled.
“I am very pleased with the award from the WV DEP and the impact it will have on advancing our recycling program at the University of Charleston,” said UC Director of Facility Services Gary Boyd.
This fall, the UC Facilities staff and the UC Enactus team acquired two large recycling bins on campus for use by students and Kanawha City residents to collect and separate items such as aluminum, plastic, cardboard and paper. They also worked with the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority to set up recycling cans at all home football games to reduce the amount of waste entering landfills.
“It is very important to educate UC students on the importance of recycling,” says UC student and Enactus President Adam DeBriae. “ By lowering our environmental footprint here at the University, it will hopefully expand to other parts of the Charleston community."