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04/06/2009
Hudson Valley Community College Honored for Increased Campus Recycling Effort
Campus recycling effort nearly triples in two-year period

CONTACT: Eric Bryant, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Monday, April 6, 2009

Hudson Valley Community College will be honored on April 22 for its efforts to increase paper recycling on campus. The honor comes on Earth Day 2009, which will be celebrated on campus with activities and live entertainment at the Siek Campus Center.

T.A. Predal, the college’s recycling contractor, will present the Recycling Achievement Award to Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak. In 2008, the college recycled a total of 141,020 pounds – about 70 tons - of paper. That’s nearly three times the amount it recycled just two years earlier. In addition to saving water, trees and landfill space, the college was paid $3,544.70 for its paper fiber in 2008.

Under the leadership of a campus recycling committee, the college began a steady upgrade to its recycling efforts in September 2007. This included an awareness campaign and the acquisition of more containers on campus for recycling paper.

In 2008 and 2009, the college purchased additional containers to recycle glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers on campus. The containers are located in common walking areas, near food service areas, and near regular trash or paper recycling containers. The college has continued to expand its efforts and currently recycles office paper, low grade paper, cardboard, textbooks, packing materials. The college also handles disposal of batteries and scrap metal for recycling.

For more information about Hudson Valley Community College’s recycling efforts, go to: http://www.hvcc.edu/ehs/recycle.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.