Elizabeth Gunto, staff writer
On April 1, the Carolina Recycling Association honored the Warren Wilson Recycling Crew for their composting operation. The Recycling Crew received the award at the 19th annual CRA Conference and Trade Show. The award recognizes “a business, government agency, school, organization or large-scale facility that designed and implemented a composting or organics-recycling program that has been in operation for one year.”
“I’m very proud of Jessica and our Recycling Crew for the leadership they have shown at the college,” said President Sandy Pfeiffer. “The college is a national leader in this area because of the work and creativity demonstrated by [the Recycling Crew] and by others at the college.”
“It just means we’re going a good job diverting waste,” Jessica Wooten, the sustainability operations coordinator, said.
The Recycling Crew won the award specifically for their greendrum, which is an in-vessel, self-contained composter made of an insulated rotating drum, electric motor, auger conveyor and chopper/mixer.
“As an example of their continuing effort to improve, the crew is now working to expand our composting operation with the acquisition of a new container,” Pfeiffer said.
In order to qualify for the award, the Recycling Crew needed to meet specific criteria such as an education element, proven waste reduction and full observance of local, state and federal laws.
Warren Wilson has received two other CNA awards for their recycling program. The CNA gave Warren Wilson its inaugural award for Outstanding College or University Recycling Program in 2008 and teh school also received the CRA’s Green Building Project of the Year Award for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-Certified Orr Cottage.
“In addition to the awareness the crew creates among the Warren Wilson community, such awards bring welcome attention that assists with admission, marketing, and fundraising,” Pfeiffer said.