Stephens College employees, students and guests will notice a dramatic increase in the number of recycling containers on campus this year.
Stephens is launching a comprehensive campus-wide initiative that aims to keep 45 tons of recyclable materials out of the landfills over the coming school year.
The money is being used to purchase 100 three-stream recycling bins, or bins that allow paper, glass, plastic and aluminum goods to be separated, and 100 commingled recycling containers.
The bins will be located at entrances of academic buildings, including the equestrian center; Stamper Commons, a high-traffic building that houses the cafeteria, bookstore and student centers; and along corridors of all residential halls. Bins will also be added to common spaces such as break rooms and printer areas.
"Stephens has long held a commitment to environmental responsibility, and with this grant we can encourage everyone to help out and reduce the College’s environmental footprint," said Richard Perkins, Stephens project manager. "We'll be working with the student environmental group Women of the Earth on this project. In the future, we hope to find even more ways to recycle and create a more sustainable campus."
The project will run through Oct. 31, 2014, with the College monitoring and reporting recycling trends over the next five years. Perkins is optimistic that the College will be able to steadily increase recycling levels during that time.