Concord University Partners With The Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority On Recycling Program

For Immediate Release: 
May 23 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


BEAVER, W.Va. – Concord University is partnering with the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority (RCSWA) on a comprehensive recycling program and will have a recycling bin placed at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver, W.Va.

Sherri Hunter, director of education for the RCSWA, presented local schools with thousands of dollars earned through participation in the School Recycling Program at a ceremony held Wednesday, May 23 at the Recycling Center in Beckley. Hunter presented Concord with an earth flag to commemorate announcement of the University’s partnership with the RCSWA and help promote its new program at the Higher Education Center.

Hunter said, “Concord is the first university partner with the RCSWA to have a recycling bin and a recycling education program. Concord students have toured the Recycling Center in previous semesters, but the tour will now be only one part of the comprehensive educational initiative and ongoing recycling drive.”

Concord University President Gregory Aloia said, “Our goal is to continue educating students about the benefits of recycling. This program is consistent with the recycling program already underway on our Athens campus. We hope our partnership with the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority will inspire other colleges and universities.”

Dr. Jennifer Robinette, director of the Beckley Center, said, “We have a recycling facility here in Raleigh County that is one-of-a-kind in the state of West Virginia. I hope everyone has an opportunity to come see it for themselves. We are proud to partner with the RCSWA to place a bin where Concord’s Beckley office and classes are located and make recycling more convenient for those of us at the Higher Education Center than ever before.”

Concord University has been offering classes in the Beckley area since 1990.