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01/14/2013

Winthrop Renews Commitment to Recycling With PalmettoPride Grant

Quick Facts

 Winthrop won the full $8,000 grant for the second consecutive year.
 PalmettoPride is a non-profit organization committed to reducing litter and encouraging beautification efforts in the state.

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Chris Johnson 
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Winthrop University continues its commitment to recycling with its recent win of the PalmettoPride Community Pride Grant for the second consecutive year.

The university won the full $8,000 amount. The funds will be used to purchase five additional outdoor recycling containers, making it easier than ever for the Winthrop community to recycle.

Such grants are important to green initiatives because they support cultural changes, said sustainability coordinator Chris Johnson '99.

“Recycling is important not only because it reduces waste sent to the landfills, but it also begins to address social sustainability,” he said.

By making recycling even more convenient, he said the Winthrop community will “continue practicing responsible methods of disposing solid waste wherever they may live, work or play.”

The competitive grant is awarded to help organizations develop successful anti-litter programs and beautification activities. To be eligible, Winthrop had to have at least one cleanup planned, participate in the Great American Cleanup and turn in cleanup results. The university’s application was aided with letters from Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols '76 and Sen. Wes Hayes.

PalmettoPride is a non-profit organization committed to reducing litter and encouraging beautification efforts in the state.

An awards luncheon is scheduled for later this month in Columbia.

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