Wilson College Recycling Program
Wilson College is a proud participant of RecycleMania!

Founded in 2001 by Miami and Ohio Universities as a means to boost recycling in their residence halls, RecycleMania began as a friendly competition to see which of the two schools could recycle the most.  The first year Miami University won over Ohio University.

Since its inception, RecycleMania has grown into a nation-wide competition consisting of 514 participating schools in 2009!  The competition lasts for 10-weeks, during which each participating school tracks and records their weekly recycling amounts.  There are 2 divisions of RecycleMania: Competition Division and Benchmark Division.  There are 8 sub-categories of recycling that each school may participate in as well.

Wilson College is a participant of the Competition Division as well as the Food Service Organics, Co-mingled Recyclables, and Waste Minimization categories.

How We Do It...
Wilson College has recently converted their integrated recycling program from the timely separate as you go, to the much easier "Single Stream" (also called "co-mingled recycling") method.  The goal of the new program is to make recycling easier for everyone, so that everyone will recycle more.  Today recycling at Wilson is as easy as locating a bin, and tossing your recyclable in!

Single Stream recycling has enabled Wilson College to recycle more efficiently.  Made possible with our association with Waste Management, Inc., our recent partnership has allowed for ease in recycling by providing the ability to recycle many additional items which were once discarded into the trash.

Recycling Acceptable Items
Aluminum Cans
Brown Paper Bags
Catalogs, Magazines, and Phone Books
Chipboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
Colored Paper
Computer Paper
White Ledger Paper
Glass Bottles and Jars
Tin and Steel Cans
Empty Aerosol Cans

Recycling Non-Acceptable Items
Aluminum Foil
Auto Glass or Ceramics
Film Canisters
Light Bulbs
Painted Wood
Treated Wood
Paper Towels (although these ARE compostable)
Plastic Wrap
Plastic Grocery Bags (Please return them to your local supermarket)

Organic wastes (compostables):  There is a food waste bucket in the dining hall dish room.  Biodegradable food waste only please (Yes!: fruit and vegetable trimmings, rice, leftovers, bread, napkins, papertowels, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, etc.) (No!: meat, plastic, plates, straws, jelly packets, etc.)

How You Can Help...
Participate!   Is the item you are throwing away recyclable?
Co-operate with guidelines!    Please do not put improper materials in the bins.
Communicate!   If you can’t find a recycling bin, or would like to see a bin in a new location to make recycling more convenient, please contact the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies (FCSS) at 717-264-4141 x3247.
    Volunteer!  Students who would like to help out with the recycling program are encouraged to contact the FCSS.

Off-campus recycling for students, faculty, and staff:   Please understand that the campus recycling program is for resident students and faculty/staff recyclables generated while working on campus.  Current RecycleMania contest rules state that a contestant (school) will be disqualified for the inclusion of recyclable weights generated off-campus.

Off Campus Recycling Facilities
Recyclables generated off-campus can be recycled at a number of facilities surrounding our community.  

Franklin County Recycling Facilities are located in a number of areas surrounding the Wilson College community.  The Franklin Coounty recycling facility link will provide more information concerning their locations.  For those who live in the Shippensburg, Cumberland County area a new facility accepting co-mingled recyclables is now located at the Southampton Township Municiple building on Airport Road, Shippensburg, Pa.  You do not have to be a resident of Cumberland County to use this facility.

Thank You!

The Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies and the Wilson College Recycling Program affiliates would like to sincerely thank the following community merchants for their support in our recycling efforts and in RecycleMania:


Being committed to being environmentally conscious is about Reducing, Reusing, AND Recycling.  One topic that has brought a lot of attention is the subject of Plastic Bags.

While avoiding the use of plastic is ideal for environmental health, realistically that is much easier said than done.

A few ways that you can avoid or reduce your use of plastic are:

    Use reusable, cloth bags every time you go to the store.  These bags can be purchased from most major stores for a small fee.
    Reuse bread bags.  Use these bags in place of purchased storage bags.
    Reuse celaphane wrap, or avoid the wrap all together by reusing your bread bags for food storage needs.
    Purchase items in bulk.  In doing this you are reducing the amount of plastic packaging used compared to each item being packaged individually.

Since it is nearly impossible to completely avoid the use of plastic, recycle the plastic that you do use.  Recycled plastic bags are utilized by a number of manufacturers who reduce the plastic to pellets, which in turn can be manufactured into something else.

Steps to Recycling Plastic Bags:

    Purchase items whose plastic packaging bears a recycling symbol (such as certain paper towels and toilet paper).
    Keep all of your plastic grocery bags dry and clean...make sure that there are no receipts in the bags.
    Locate a plastic bag recycling drop-off location near you.
    Confirm which plastic recycling # they accept
    Take your dry, clean plastic bags to the drop-off location and feel good about being a true friend to the environment!

    Locate a Bag Recycling Center/ Find Out Which Plastics Numbers are Accepted Here!

Another topic of concern is the issue of Recycling Batteries.

Batteries are used everyday, in every household and every business.  According to the EHSO, nearly 32 billion batteries are sold each year in the United States.  Most of these batteries are "Primary Cell" batteries, which are not reusable and can be difficult to recycle.  The remaining portion of batteries are called "Secondary Cell" batteries, which are rechargable batteries and can be reused and recycled.  For more detailed information about the various aspects of batteries visit Environmental Health and Safety Online.

For more information about Wilson College's Recycling Program, contact the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies at 717-264-4141 x3247 For more information about RecycleMania, go to www.recyclemaniacs.org.