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State to use Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful grant for recycling bins

South Dakota State University has received a 2017 Coca-Cola / Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant. The grant, which allows State to distribute a recycling bin for each residence hall room, covers the cost of nearly 1,600 bins. SDSU Housing and Residential Life is purchasing 700 more bins to cover the more than 2,250 rooms on-campus. The bins will be in rooms when the fall 2018 semester opens in August.

The grant application was a joint effort between SDSU Housing and Residential Life and Jennifer McLaughlin, the university's sustainability specialist, as a way to encourage, promote and make recycling easier for students.

“As a large institution, we need to educate about sustainability and recycling. Housing and Residential Life has the ability to educate our residents in their home about the importance of recycling and how simple it can be,” said Bryan Bisson, assistant director for housing. “While each building lobby has a bin, we want to make it as easy as possible for students to recycle and by placing a bin in each room, we are able to do that.”

As part of the agreement, SDSU needs to track and report the amount of recyclables collected in the bins for one year. For the 2017-18 academic year, South Dakota State had the goal to recycle 25 percent of all the waste generated on campus.