Coastal Carolina Community College
Coastal Carolina Community College provides a range of educational classes to
citizens in the Jacksonville area. The college began implementing a recycling
program in 1993 in response to student demands for more environmentally
friendly campus operating practices. Since that time, an extensive range of recycling
programs have been adopted at the campus.
The programs inception occurred in 1993 when students requested the cafeteria
switch from polystyrene food containers to paper. After a recycling operation was
found, a committee of students, administrators, and cafeteria management voted to
continue to use polystyrene as long as the containers were recycled and kept out of
the waste stream. The college established separate collection receptacles throughout
eating areas to collect the containers. The vendor supplied the college with a bailer
to compact and bail the material for recycling. Coastal Carolina Community
College became the first state institution to recycle polystyrene and one of only a
few in the nation.
Details of Reductions
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The net result of all the programs has been a 70% reduction in the colleges solid
waste stream. In fact, the college recycles more material than it sends to the
landfill. In 1996, the college diverted over sixty tons of material from the landfill
through recycling or composting programs.
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