Ferrum College Awarded National Bin Grant by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation

Keep American Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded 50 recycling bins designed for the collection of plastic bottles and aluminum to Ferrum College in 2013. Ferrum received the new bins through a Bin Grant Program made possible by a partnership between KAB and The Coca-Cola Foundation, who in turn partner with the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), of which Ferrum College is a member, to offer grants to CURC member campuses. Ferrum was one of 156 local governments, schools, colleges, and community groups nation-wide to receive a grant last year.

Many of the new bins were placed around campus in residence halls and academic buildings, where paper and cardboard recycling is also available, while some were reserved last fall for use in game-day recycling as part of Ferrum student Josh Lowry’s senior thesis project. Lowry, who is majoring in environmental policy and development, was pleased with the collaborative efforts that brought his project to life. “For my senior thesis I challenged myself as well as the athletic department to create an efficient and sustainable way to recycle throughout the sports seasons. With the help of my advisors, we came up with the idea of game day recycling, and thanks to KAB and the Coca-Cola Bin Grant, we are able to efficiently recycle at home sporting events,” he said.

Ferrum President Jennifer Braaten expressed her thanks to KAB and Coca-Cola for the Bin Grant. “This national recognition of Ferrum’s recycling efforts, and the resulting success of Josh Lowry’s project, is affirmation that this aspect of our sustainability programs has been embraced by the entire campus,” she said.

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