New recycling program saves environment, benefits campus community

The Recycling Exchange Program will now offer students, faculty and staff an easy way to get free office supplies while saving the environment.

Donations make this program possible as participants donate their unneeded items in exchange for supplies that they can use. Currently, the program is open Monday thru Friday from 7:00am to 10:00pm in Lortz Hall 110 and on Tuesdays in the Jensen Dining Hall during lunch time.

Chris Mayer ‘07, Program Manager for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, manages the Recycling Exchange Program. Mayer said the program began in 2009 when Wilson student Tara Mayhew ‘11 initiated the program.

Mayer explained the program as an attempt at reducing “the amount of usable materials going into the garbage or even into recycling bins.”

Shauna Pieruccini ‘13, who maintains the Recycling Exchange Program, invites all community members to join the program. Participants can choose to sign their name when they shop, or they can remain anonymous and sign in as “student.”

Pieruccini assured the Wilson community that the program does not track students. “The program,” she said, aims to prevent “useful office supplies from being wasted, preventing waste in all possible ways.”

Mayer hopes to relocate the Recycling Exchange Program to a more central location on campus to make the program’s services more accessible to everyone.

To learn more about the Recycling Exchange Program, contact Chris Mayer at or Shauna Pieruccini at

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