CCU receives award for recycling efforts

Photo Source: MGN Online
Photo Source: MGN Online

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) –  The Carolina Recycling Association honored Coastal Carolina University with the Outstanding College or University Program Award at a conference and trade show on April 10 in Myrtle Beach.

The award is given to a program that promotes sustainable resource use through waste reduction, reuse and recycling on a college campus, says the CRA.

There are at least 22 different items that are recycled on CCU's campus, which includes plastic bottles, metal cans, cardboard, office paper, books, batteries, electronics scrap, and much more.

As part of CCU's Homecoming festivities, they offer a recycled boat race. They have water refill stations across campus that save more than 348,000 plastic bottles, according to the CRA. If that's not enough, from 2011 to 2012 they increased their recycling 150 percent, from 195 tons to 495.

The Carolina Recycling Association is a non-profit organization serving the public and private recycling industry in order to advance waste reduction and recycling in North and South Carolina.

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