CSU-Goodwill Alliance to Boost Campus Recycling Efforts

COLUMBUS, Ga. — In its continuing effort to “go green,” Columbus State University has partnered with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers to substantially boost the university’s recycling program, an arrangement that will benefit CSU, Goodwill Industries and the environment.

The first phase goes into place this weekend, as students start arriving to move into their new on-campus apartments.

Goodwill will place and service recycling containers near student housing that will allow new students to break down their cardboard moving boxes, and other paper products, for recycling, said Eddie Woodhouse, director of CSU plant operations and assistant vice president for facilities.

“Our partnership with Goodwill accomplishes several goals,” Woodhouse said. “First, it is good for the environment and helps create a more environmentally friendly campus. Secondly, it saves money for the university. Third, it benefits Goodwill.”

The revenue Goodwill generates from selling processed recyclables on the commodities market is used to fund Goodwill’s job training, placement, and advancement programs in Columbus. These programs help reduce poverty and unemployment and improve the economic stability of our region, said Jane Nichols, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries.

“According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling is estimated to create nearly five times as many jobs as traditional landfilling, and at Goodwill that is our core mission – putting people to work,” she said.

There’s also a cost benefit for CSU.

“We were paying a premium price and using campus labor and time to get rid of paper products,” Woodhouse said. “Goodwill has agreed to take care of this for us, at no charge.”

The plan also helps new CSU students cut through the chaos of moving into campus housing.

“This partnership with Goodwill sends a very positive message to our incoming students,” said Todd Myrick, CSU Residence Life associate director. “It makes a statement that CSU is committed to the safety of the environment where they will be living. Hopefully, this message goes beyond our students and reaches the broader community that surrounds CSU.”

“Student move-in week is extraordinarily hectic,” Myrick said. “Imagine 400 people coming to your house at one time, ready to move in. The partnership we now have with Goodwill Industries will help make this time easier for students, easier for CSU personnel and it continues to fortify our commitment as a servant-leader.”

As the partnership with Goodwill continues, Woodhouse hopes to see these first-stage recycling efforts evolve into a plan that could involve more paper, plastic and aluminum recycling throughout campus.