Green Corner: Rider tops the charts for campus recycling

If you’re a Rider student who’s always on the go and doesn’t have much time between classes, work and other obligations, you might not pay that close attention to your green habits. Or perhaps you’re a faculty or staff member and recycling at home isn’t the first thing on your to-do list. As a part of Rider’s commitment to sustainability, we are committed to making green choices more convenient.

With temperatures in the 30s, you may find yourself visiting Starbucks more often than usual. Next time you need your next cup of joe, bring your recyclables with you. The Dream Machine is conveniently located in the Student Recreation Center (SRC) on the Lawrenceville campus and Student Center on Westminster campus.

Rider introduced the recycling kiosk PepsiCo Dream Machine on April 13, 2012. What’s remarkable about the Dream Machine is that it gets faculty, students and staff to take part in green initiatives on campus and as an incentive, the user gets points, which can be redeemed for rewards toward all kinds of entertainment. The more the Dream Machine is able to sustain its incredible statistics, the more PepsiCo will offer Veterans disabled as a result of 9/11 free training in business management through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with disabilities (EBV). The Dream Machine is partnered with Waste Management and its goal is to introduce thousands of kiosks in popular locations.

Because Rider has consistently been recycling with at least 15 recyclables per kiosk transaction, PepsiCo recognized the university with a Certificate of Recycling Excellence. With Rider’s consciousness toward going green continuing to rise, it has also been recognized by PepsiCo in 2012 as having one of the top ten-performing Dream Machine Kiosks in the nation. What most of the Rider community doesn’t know is that PepsiCo is committed to conserving earth’s natural resources and takes part in a variety of environmental projects such as the Dream Machine, coming up with innovative plans to minimize its waste and having a voice in climate change.

To use the Dream Machine you sign up for the program at the kiosk, enter your information and receive a blue card. This blue card is scanned every time you want to recycle an item in the kiosk, and with the amount of rewards you can get you will want to have yours on you at all times.

With the amount of success the Dream Machine is having on campus, it is PepsiCo and Rider’s hope that other universities will also implement the kiosks, so that we can help PepsiCo reach their goal of 400 million containers a year.

Sharlis Thompson, Lawrenceville Eco-Rep

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