As part of a continuing campus-wide initiative aimed at increasing recycling efforts and reducing unnecessary waste, Concordia University, St. Paul has begun installing new recycling and waste containers across campus specifically configured to maximize the likelihood of recycling participation, as well as improve the aesthetics of campus.
When complete, the program will include 192 double containers, which feature both a recycling bin and waste bin, located in residence halls, common areas, classrooms and offices.
Over the past year, Concordia Risk Manager Sara Mulso has led the work with Ramsey County and J.L Taitt and Associates (an independent recycling consultant) to help bolster CSP’s recycling efforts and reduce overall costs. This partnership originally helped launch the Food to Hogs organic recycling program utilized by Sodexo, Concordia’s food service provider.
This year Ramsey County proved Concordia a $10,000 grant to assist with the $30,000 purchase of the new containers. The county hopes to highlight CSP’s recycling initiative as a focal point for recycling in higher education on both the county and state level.
The new recycling containers will allow CSP student, faculty and staff to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass bottles and aluminum all in one bin. This follows other “green initiatives” such as, the water bottle refill stations, Honeywell energy management software to set back temperatures during non-use times, and replacing the area lights in the Gangelhoff Center to high efficient systems.