PSC Kicks Off Recycling Initiative, Invites Community to Participate

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Members of the Potomac State College and West Virginia University campuses and local
community recently came together to kick off the College’s Recycling Program. Standing
in front of the blue and gold collection trailer were from left: Janice Larue, Harlan Shreve,
Jill Gardner, Bill Hood, Diana Grady, Tim Nichols, Joan Vogtman, Mark McDonald, Greg
Rose, Stephanie Utt, Barbara Angeletti, Paul Cole, and Campus Provost Kerry Odell. For
more details about the recycling program, please read the accompanying article.

Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) is Going Green as the campus officially kicked off its recycling initiative this spring. However, the campus is not alone in its efforts as it extends an invitation to the Keyser community to participate in its Catamounts Recycling Program.  

Trailers are located behind Lough Gymnasium for the collection of office paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and corrugated cardboard. “Members of the community are welcome to deposit their recyclables in these trailers,” said Diana Grady, a member of the PSC recycling committee and an administrative assistant in the Student Affairs Office. “We just ask that people bring only the products mentioned and place them in the labeled compartments in the appropriate trailers.” The recycling committee wants to make sure that the public understands that corrugated cardboard is the brown cardboard used in boxes and does not include cereal boxes or shoe boxes.  

The compartmental trailer was made available through collaboration with WVU which secured a 2010 Recycling Assistance Grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The WVU Research Corporation, which won the grant, used the money to purchase compartmental recycling trailers and bins for the main campus in Morgantown, W.Va. as well as for the Potomac State College campus, in Keyser, W.Va.  

WVU also provided recycling trays for faculty and staff offices.  

Providing the cardboard trailer as well as proper disposal of the recyclables is United Disposal under the proprietorship of Bill Hood, Sr.  

Additionally, the College has placed recycling bins at strategic points around campus for faculty, staff and students.  

The recycling initiative is the result of the PSC Recycling Committee comprised of Grady; Jill Gardner, head librarian; Patty Lee, administrative assistant in Marketing and Communications; Mark McDonald, student judicial affairs director; Tim Nichols, Student Support Services director, and Joan Vogtman, physics instructor. Also instrumental in the initiative were Kerry Odell, campus provost; Harlan Shreve, senior business planning officer and Mike Simpson, facilities director.  

Individuals involved from the WVU Morgantown campus included Barbara Angeletti, WVU recycling coordinator; Greg Rose, facilities director of administration; Paul Cole, facilities operations manager; and Stephanie Utt, facilities operation coordinator.  

Assisting with the efforts on a local level were Mayor William “Sonny” Rhodes and Janice LaRue, county commissioner and member of the Mineral County Litter Control/Recycling Task Force.