New Solar-Powered Recycling, Waste Stations Located on Campus

Wesleyan's new solar-powered waste compactors and single-stream recycling centers may reduce collection frequency by up to 80 percent.

Wesleyan’s new solar-powered waste compactors and single-stream recycling centers may reduce collection frequency by up to 80 percent.

Wesleyan University continues to go green. Campus is now equipped with four solar-powered waste compactors and single-stream recycling stations which may reduce collection frequency by up to 80 percent.

A BigBelly station is located in front of Olin Library. Be sure to empty food and drink containers before using the solar-powered bins.

A BigBelly station is located in front of Olin Library. Be sure to empty food and drink containers before using the solar-powered bins.

Wesleyan’s Sustainability Office and Physical Plant have been working since last fall to bring the stations, designed by BigBelly Solar, to campus. The four new campus stations are located at Memorial Chapel, Usdan University Center, Olin Library and the Office of Admissions.

Single-stream recycling reduces the number of bins necessary to collect recyclable goods and waste compactors reduce the number of times Wesleyan’s custodial division needs to pick up trash.

The BigBellys also are expected to increase recycling rates significantly (based on what the City of Middletown has seen downtown).

The enclosed design also eradicates any animal-related issues.

 

 

Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

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