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Awards and rewards given for recycling at Emory

By Leslie King | Emory Report | May 29, 2012

Emory's recycling efforts are getting recognized inside and outside the University.

Emory Recycles has won a grant from Keep America Beautiful, Inc. to boost recycling efforts.

This summer, Emory Recycles will receive a total of 1,584 recycling bins designed specifically for placement across campus, according to Deena Keeler, assistant director of auxiliary services in Campus Services. Keeler oversees Emory Recycles.

The funding for the grant is made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation, in a partnership with Keep America Beautiful.

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future.

In other recycling news:

The Emory Children's Center is the winner of the Emory Building Recycling Competition, receiving the $3,000 prize for its contribution to recycling on campus.

In an effort led by the School of Medicine, the center increased its overall recycling by 5,366 pounds from April 2011 to April 2012.

In 2011, the center committed to becoming more "waste wise" and made changes within its building to make recycling more prominent and more convenient for occupants and visitors. The School of Medicine, which occupies many areas of the building, spearheaded the commitment.

The competition is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.