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UT’s recycling efforts recently got a big boost from the Alcoa Foundation.

The foundation donated 1,584 recycling bins, valued at $5,000, which the university is deploying inside sorority houses, and inside and outside fraternity houses.

“We’re very excited to have these recycling bins for the sororities and fraternities. This has been an underserved part of campus for recycling,” said Jay Price, environmental coordinator for Facilities Services.

This fall, UT Recycling plans to hold a competition between sororities and fraternities to see who, the women or the men, can recycle the most.

Alcoa Foundation is partnering with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the College and University Recycling Coalition to provide a total of 11,500 recycling bins to thirty-five colleges and universities in 2013. The donations are part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program, an effort to help schools boost their recycling.

The Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the nation, with assets of approximately $460 million. For more information, visit the Alcoa Foundation website.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. For more information, visit the Keep America Beautiful website.