Sustainability at USM

USM Receives Recycling Bin Grant to further recycling efforts during special events on campus

ClearStream Waste Collection Stations at USM's 2012 Opening Breakfast

USM applied for and received a grant for foldable wire framed recycling bins for use during special events from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca Cola Foundation. In the past staff have had to haul large plastic bins around campus but with the new ClearStream bins the process is easier, quicker, and the bins take up less storage space.

The first deployment of the new system was at the annual Opening Breakfast event for all staff and faculty that occured in Costello Field House in August 2012. Special signs were created with event-specific waste information on them to make sorting easier for attendees. President Kalikow made mention of the importance of recycling in her address as well. A few staff members were placed near the five waste stations to assist and answer questions.

Over 800 University staff and faculty attended the event and 75% of the waste created was correctly recycled. USM practices single stream recycling so the only waste was food scraps, napkins, and plastic eating utensils. On-campus single stream recycling rate for 2012 is currently around 42%.

Recycling & Waste generated at Opening Breakfast


Grant Program Awards Recycling Containers to University of Southern Maine

Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola Partner to Fill Need for Recycling Bins in Public Spaces


Portland & Gorham, Maine, 2012 —The University of Southern Maine got a boost to their recycling efforts this summer thanks to a significant grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation. USM  received a total of 40 recycling bins designed specifically for collecting recyclable materials at special events around the campuses.

"Through our partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling efforts across the United States," said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We are pleased that these bins will provide additional opportunities for people to recycle.”

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future. 

“Providing infrastructure for people to recycle on-the-go in our communities is a key component of making recycling a natural thing to do,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca Cola’s support and commitment to recycling, and for its support and commitment of the Bin Grant Program.”

The Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. In its seven years of operation, the Bin Grant Program has placed 29,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia.  A full list of the spring 2012 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at