Carnegie Mellon University
March 21, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Partners With Alcoa for Campus Recycling Initiative

CMU To Receive 75 Recycling Bins In Support of RecycleMania

Contact: Jocelyn Duffy / 412-268-9982 /

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has received 75 recycling bins from the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. Alcoa Foundation has partnered with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide more than 11,500 recycling bins to 35 U.S. colleges and universities.

The Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program is an effort to help schools boost their recycling results during the eight-week RecycleMania Tournament, and expand their recycling efforts throughout the year. RecycleMania is a friendly competition that aims to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses.

During RecycleMania, which concludes on March 31, colleges and universities vie for top awards in nine categories to see which schools recycle the most on a per capita basis, produce the least amount of waste and recycle the largest percentage of its overall waste. In 2012, 605 colleges and universities participated in the challenge, collecting more than 92 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics.

Carnegie Mellon will distribute the bins to residence halls in an effort to encourage students to recycle and prevent recyclables from entering the waste stream.