Project Name: Terracycle Recycling

Location: Susquehanna University

Organizations involved in the project: Individual (Kara Eckert)

Project summary: Through Terracycle, the students recycle granola bar wrappers, chip bags, cereal bags, oral care supplies, Bear Naked Granola bags. They have collection boxes made of repurposed cardboard boxes in all academic buildings, the gym, library, student center, and a few dorm buildings/fraternity/sorority houses. The student started Terracycle in high school and has raised almost $700 for recycling over the past 6 years. This money is donated to charities and nonprofits. 

What steps did your organization take to complete the project: 

1. Had to talk to facilities to make sure I could set up collection boxes and posters.

2. Redid the Terracycle poster, which says what is collected, so that it is easier to interpret and more visually appealing.

3. Did a small promotion in the student center with a poster board and that showcased what is recycled, what is done with the money, and how the items are recycled.

4. Put flyers in the mailboxes of faculty and staff saying what is collected and where the boxes are. 

What challenges did you face, and how were they addressed: 

There was low participation during the first year. To address this, we did promotion, made better posters, and handed out flyers to students, faculty and staff. We also collaborated with the cafeteria to recycle cereal bags, because they use a lot of cereal.

What impact has the project had on your campus and the community?

We made a lot of shipments to Terracylce, and have  started collecting at Susquehanna University. Not sure of the numbers, but it’s been pretty good!