Voorhees College receives a $10,000 Collegiate Recycling Grant

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Voorhees College receives a $10,000 Collegiate Recycling Grant

February 09, 2019

Voorhees College was recently awarded a 2019 $10,000 Collegiate Recycling Grant that was funded by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to bring recycling to campus.

The institution will use the grant to rent recyclable dumpsters from Republic Services of SC, along with ten recycling bins from Recyclable Way, which will be placed around five of the dorm buildings, Massachusetts Hall, Wright Potts Library, St. James Building, Alan M. Voorhees Science Building, and Matthew A. Golson Humanities Building.

In addition, the campus will launch a "Day of Service" campaign on Friday, Feb 15. Republic Services will provide recycling containers in order for faculty, staff, administrators, and students to dispose of excess paper waste such as boxes of old folders, gradebooks, and past course materials. A container will also be provided to discard of electronics, broken furniture, and other larger items.

Dr. Diane Hulett, principal investigator (PI) for the grant, and assistant professor of English, said she is excited about receiving the grant. “The recycling grant will help” make the campus a cleaner environment. This is a great opportunity for the campus to “lighten” up our work spaces and get rid of unwanted paper products,” said Hulett.

Student Government Association (SGA) President Christina Donovan said she included recycling as part of her platform. “This recycling grant will help make the campus a cleaner environment,” Donovan said. “I’m excited to have a recycling initiative on campus seeing how that is a part of my platform. This is our way of reducing our carbon footprint by reducing the needs for extracting and processing raw materials, which then leads to water and air pollution.”

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.