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Atlantic Cape Receives Grant to Support Recycling Effort

April 30, 2010

Atlantic Cape Community College was selected as a recipient of a 2010 Recycling Bin Grant from national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The grant will support the purchase of up to 10 slant-top bins, which retail at $382 to $724 per barrel, to be placed throughout the college's campuses.

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria, including where bins are likely to have the most impact on recovering beverage containers from the waste stream, ability of recipients to sustain their program into the future, and intent to support collection programs with recycling education and promotion.

"We should be proud - only 5 percent of applicants were awarded the grants," said Esther James, Atlantic Cape's senior manager of grants. "I think our discussion of the college's Green Campus Initiative made our application stand out."

Atlantic Cape has launched a Green Campus Initiative as part of the college's Blueprint 2020 master plan. The initiative moves the college toward environmental stewardship based on the efficient, responsible and sustainable use of resources.

This grant will allow Atlantic Cape to expand its recycling campaign into new areas of the campuses, and replace existing bins that have become worn and damaged. The beverage recycling bins will be placed at strategic locations on all three campuses. These locations include entranceways to the campuses' largest buildings, the cafeterias and the most trafficked vending areas. Bins will also be placed where audiences attending special events on campus can access them.

Since its inception in the fall of 2007, the Bin Grant program has placed more than 1,100 recycling bins in 225 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Atlantic Cape's Green Campus Initiative, visit: http://www.atlantic.edu/about/research/green-campus-initiative.html.