The University of Virginia is launching a new recycling program at its newest residence halls. Thanks in part to the Alcoa Foundation, grounds is about to get a whole lot greener.
UVA is about to receive over 2,000 new recycling bins. For many students, that means being eco-friendly just got a whole lot easier and portable.
The containers are valued to be worth over $7,000 and are designed for the tight spaces in many residence hall rooms and offices. Organizers hope the smaller bins will increase the amount of recycling that takes place on grounds, estimating that it could increase by 15-20 percent.
"It's a lot easier," said Nina Morris with UVA Recycling. "The fact that you can have a handle, it makes it a lot easier for when you need to put it in the bigger bin. So it's easier for students, more accessible, so we can see our numbers increase."
Nationwide, the Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful are giving over 20,000 of the bins to 33 schools that are taking part in RecycleMania. This is a part of a pilot program that if everything goes well, organizers hope will expand to the entire university.