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Monday, December 22, 2014

WCC Wins Honor for Waste Reduction

WCC is a lean, mean machine when it comes to reducing waste. The College placed fourth out of 148 colleges that participated in the waste minimization division of the 2009 national Recyclemania competition. Simply put, WCC produced far less trash per capita than most other competing colleges. That includes both waste going into landfills and wastes such as bottles, paper, and cardboard that are recycled.

Recyclemania is a 10-week competition among colleges and universities to reduce waste and increase recycling on campus. This year 510 schools from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada participated. Together, they recycled and composted just over 69.4 million pounds of waste during the 10 weeks from Jan. 19 through March 28.

WCC Manager of Building Services Barry Wilkins attributes the College’s success to a commitment by students, staff, and faculty to reusing materials such as office paper, drinking containers, and packaging material. As part of the College’s participation in the waste minimization competition, WCC pledged to sell or donate surplus property, reduce transportation packing, and reuse packing materials.

North Lake College in Irving, Texas, which placed first in the waste minimization division, produced a mere 1.12 pounds of waste per student per week. WCC’s fourth place standing wasn’t that far behind, with only 1.42 pounds per student.

WCC’s commitment to waste reduction and recycling is also part of the College’s participation in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, in which more than 600 institutions of higher education have committed to reducing net carbon emissions to zero over time. At WCC, recycling receptacles for paper, bottles, and cans are located in all public areas, classrooms, and offices. In addition, a recycling station for cell phones, batteries, and techno-trash is located on the first floor of the Student Center building.

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