Two Eureka College students helped the college receive a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Recycling Grants Program to promote recycling on campus.
Kamrin Ruder of Eureka, who graduated in May, and senior Robert Jacobs of Eureka wrote the grant application for the project titled “rECycle,” with EC standing for Eureka College.
The grant totaling $3,764 will be used to purchase three large recycling bins that will be placed near the Burrus Dickinson Hall administrative building and the Dickinson Commons and Burgoo dining facilities. Employees and students will use the bins to recycle fiber waste, including office paper and cardboard boxes that food is shipped in.
The waste will be given to a local recycling agency, the Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County in Eureka, which will sell it to a fiber recycler.
“The project will help reduce the college’s post-consumer waste,” said Jacobs, who is president of the Student Alliance for a Greener Environment. “It will divert approximately 15 tons of solid waste from landfills per year and benefit ADDWC through the acquisition and sale of this valuable recyclable material.”