COLUMBUS -- Central Community College is making an effort to be more environmentally friendly with the addition of $277,000 worth of recycling receptacles on its campuses.

The board of governors approved the purchase of 218 receptacles, which will be placed on the campuses in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings.

The purchase is part of a larger sustainability project for the college system. In 2010, the college president signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, which is an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at colleges and universities. CCC is one of more than 600 schools to sign the commitment.

Larry Glazier, college business officer, said reducing waste and recycling more are the first steps the college is taking in its part of the commitment. The ultimate goal of the college system is to be carbon neutral in 2023 by introducing recycling and making changes to campuses, such as implementing energy-saving measures in new constructions.

The receptacles will be split up between the three campuses based on need and put into use in November. CCC-Columbus will have 43 on-site, with 36 internal and seven external. The 26-gallon receptacles are made of plastic and have two slots, one for waste and another for single-stream recyclable materials.

Most of the receptacles will be placed in building hallways and central gathering areas such as libraries and auditoriums, Glazier said. A poster will be attached to the containers to let users know what can be placed in the recycling bin.

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Eventually, Glazier said the containers will be a cost-saving measure for the college.

“We should be saving money because the things that are now going into waste won’t be. We won’t have to pay to haul that away,” Glazier said.

The containers are expected to last 10-20 years. The cost is about $1,250 per unit.

“When you look at the expense over 20 years, it isn’t quite as scary,” Glazier said.

The college, which budgeted $300,000 for the receptacles, chose a bid from Max-R Sussex, a company based out of Wisconsin.

Each campus will use a different company for the pick-up of its recyclable materials.

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