Casella Waste Management division manager Bill Meyers joined in making an announcement Oct. 12 that Clinton Community College is participating in Casella's ZeroSort recycling service.
Clinton Community College is taking steps to be a more environmentally-friendly place for its students, faculty and staff.
During a press conference Wednesday morning, Jaime L. Kazlo Watson, director of college relations for Clinton Community College, joined with Casella Waste Management division manager Bill Meyers to announce the college has partnered to participate in Casella’s ZeroSort recycling service.
ZeroSort, explained Meyers, consists of installing recycling stations that replace traditional garbage cans, allowing for an easier way to separate recyclables from refuse. The recycling stations, which will now be seen in the college’s classrooms and hallways, consist of a ZeroSort recycling bin, redeemable cans and bottles bin, and trash bin. The ZeroSort bin, said Meyers, will be for items such as cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, and metal.
The motivation behind participating in ZeroSort, said Kazlo Watson, was for the college to become “more eco-friendly” and “more green.”
“We took a look at the amount of trash that was hauled off this campus on a daily basis and we knew something better could be done to help out the college and to help out the environment,” she said.
So, through motivation and inspiration from the college’s Earth Day Committee, the college administration moved forward with gradually implementing the ZeroSort system at the college and, as of Wednesday, recycling stations were set up across the entire campus.
“Everybody’s been really great about jumping on board,” said Kazlo Watson.
Casella first started offering ZeroSort in the Plattsburgh area last November, said Meyers, starting with routes it services in the city. The waste management firm now offers ZeroSort throughout its local service area.
“We listened to our customers,” said Meyers. “We knew our customers wanted to recycle but there were some challenges ... items had to be sorted and we were limited, primarily on the things that could only be recycled at the time.”
ZeroSort made things easier for customers, said Meyers, as all recyclables are sorted at Casella’s facilities, saving customers the effort and time often associated with handling the task themselves.
The implementation of ZeroSort has also helped Casella recycle 35 percent of the materials collected locally. And, with the help of its customers, said Meyers, the company hopes to reach 50 percent by 2014.
“Without businesses or colleges like Clinton Community, that goal would not be possible,” he said.
“The cost to do ZeroSort is just about the same as what our regular trash disposal service was, but we will see a big difference in the next couple of months once more people jump on board with this and we really see the amount of trash being reduced,” said Kazlo Watson. “That’s a really huge thing for us.”