USF teams up with PepsiCo to grow campus recycling efforts

1013 PepsiCo Kiosk Announcement PublicThe University of St. Francis (USF) has advanced university recycling efforts by teaming up with PepsiCo Recycling. The partnership will include added recycling incentives and a PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk on campus. The Dream Machine rewards users with points for every plastic PET #1 beverage bottle or aluminum can that is recycled in the kiosk. Points can be redeemed for local discounts on entertainment, dining and travel opportunities at PepsiCoRecycling.com.

With PepsiCo Recycling in just its third year, USF is among the first to introduce this rewards program that provides students with an easy and convenient way to make a difference by recycling their bottles and cans on the go. In addition to the benefits of keeping communities free of beverage can litter and landfills free of recyclable materials, recycling in a Dream Machine enables students to help support disabled U.S. veterans. The recycled materials make it possible for PepsiCo to donate funds to the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). Through the EBV program, post-9/11 disabled veterans receive training, at no cost, in entrepreneurship and small business management so they can make their own dreams come true.

Said USF’s Sustainability Committee chairperson, Barbara Ingold, “As we continue to fulfill living our mission, which includes care for creation, it’s exciting to see the many steps that USF has taken to move forward in becoming a sustainable university. The installation of new water bottle filling stations on campus and the recent efforts to replace blacktop with permeable pavers in USF’s Welcome Center parking lot are just a few examples of what’s been done in recent months. The PepsiCo Dream Machine is just another stepping stone along our path to becoming a truly sustainable campus community.”

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.