With the cooperation of the residence hall staff, Jordan Associates, and the Office of Physical Plant, Penn State created a recycling initiative to deal with the volume of newspapers generated by the readership program. This recycling effort consists of additional recycling barrels and designated newspaper roll-offs staged within the residence hall complexes.
The recycling program results in the capture of 1.5 tons of newspapers per day. With a recycling capture percentage rate of 65%, this Newspaper Readership initiative represents the most successful recycling program at University Park.
These recycled newspapers are marketed by ONYX Waste Services and a portion of the profits is donated to the Penn State general scholarship fund. This amount is also matched by the three newspapers involved in the program at University Park: the Centre Daily Times, The New York Times, and USA Today.
Thanks to this monumental recycling effort, $43,169 has been contributed to the Newspaper Readership Trustee Scholarship Fund since 2002, and $16,402 has been contributed to the General Scholarship Fund since 1997.
Read more at green.psu.edu: Recycling & Waste Management-The Newspaper Readership Scholarship Program