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By Sara Verrillo
At Stockton University, you can find a pair of
recycling and trash bins everywhere you look – from the outskirts of the
parking lot to recreational areas, the cafeteria and even in students’ dorm rooms.
Known as New Jersey’s Green University, separating
recycling from trash at Stockton has been commonplace for years. Yet, even the
most environmentally conscious school continually looks for ways to improve its
The university is currently competing in RecycleMania, an 8-week recycling competition among national
college campuses. The competition provides an opportunity to remind students
and faculty about the materials accepted in single-stream recycling.
“We thought it would be a great way to keep the
faculty, staff and students excited about contributing to the ‘green’ culture,”
said Darnley Biddle, Administrative Assistant to the Facilities Management and
Plant Operations Department, which carries out the initiative.
Left: Plant Operations Department responsible for recycling on campus. Right: Various recycling and trash bins around campus.
Students were notified about the competition through
email and electronic signs on campus in a decisive effort to save paper.
When bins start filling up, employees from the Plant
Operations Department gather materials from the many locations around campus in
easy-to-maneuver 95-gallon carts. Students are responsible for transporting
recyclables from their dorm rooms to carts located in outdoor corrals. The
carts are then emptied into Stockton’s own compressed natural gas (CNG)
recycling truck, which delivers materials to ACUA’s Recycling Center. When the
truck takes material to ACUA, it is weighed and the tons are later reported to
The contest ends April 18, and so far, Stockton has
recycled enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 77 metric tons or the
equivalent of taking 15 cars of the road. (Click here
to see the most recent results and stay tuned for their final ranking.)
Stockton proves that recycling on a large-scale is
possible when you have a commitment to your program. As we note in our school
and business recycling guides, it’s important to ensure key people in your organization
are on board with recycling and that you continue to spread awareness over
Because sustainability is an integral part of
Stockton’s mission, they have essential buy-in from management and employees. The
continual turnover among students can pose a challenge, but participating in
events like the RecycleMania competition can help keep it fresh in their minds
and open the doors for feedback and contribution.
Left: Student Mackenzie Grillo recycles in the school cafeteria. Right: Recycling bins in the parking lot and waste corrals.
“Students are always excited to participate and find
ways to make the program better,” said Biddle.
A great example of student feedback came when a group
of students commented that recycling bins were too small in classrooms to sufficiently
collect materials. Stockton took that feedback and provided larger bins.
Does your school or business need a recycling reboot?
We can help implement a program or see where it can be improved. Please contact
us for assistance.
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