Brenau Begins New Paper Recycling Initiative

Have you seen those 45-gallon, bright blue containers all over the Gainesville campus? In case you’re wondering, those azure-colored cans are part of a new campus-wide paper recycling initiative spearheaded by Brenau and Aramark, and they can go a long way in helping the university decrease its overall carbon footprint.

Instead of discarding print-outs in the garbage, staff, faculty and students are asked to place their paper wastes in the new containers. More than 60 of the canisters were recently installed across Brenau’s Gainesville facilities, including the Women’s College, the East Campus and the Brenau Downtown Center.

The bins are not meant to be used for food contaminated wastes or Styrofoam or plastic packing, but broken down cardboard boxes can be placed beside – not inside – the new recycling containers.

Although the new initiative helps out the environment by reducing landfill clutter, that’s not the only type of green benefit for Brenau.

“The more recycling we can divert, eventually it will decrease our operating expenses on sanitation,” said Brenau Director of Facilities Michael Hollimon.