Mecklenburg County has declared that trash is well treated at Davidson College, and presented the college its annual "Wipe Out Waste" award.
The award recognizes county businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to building a stronger community through waste reduction and recycling measures. It was presented to Davidson staff directors Barbara Benson and Yancey Fouché at a luncheon downtown on Thursday. Other winners included UniFirst uniform service and Opera Carolina, whose opera gowns designed from used programs were recently featured at New York Fashion Week.
"This award recognizes a collective effort," said Fouché, the college's director of sustainability. "Barbara Benson and her building services team carry out a thoughtful and comprehensive waste management program. Charles Jolly in grounds, Dee Phillips and her dining staff, Theresa Allen at The Farm, and many students collaborate with a spirit of innovation that extends our educational mission."
Davidson's award application noted that the college recycled about 82 tons of the 661 tons of waste generated on campus in a year.
"The college embraces the philosophy of prevention, reuse, recycling, composting and alternative energies as the preferred means of waste management," Fouché said.
She listed some of the many ways the college keeps material out of the landfill:
The Wipe Out the Waste Award not only recognized Davidson's successes, but also brought together campus stakeholders and connected them with Mecklenburg County partners who are leading in innovative waste reduction practices. Newly adopted and planned efforts that will support continuous improvement include recycling of electronics waste, expanding the compost program to capture food waste from Patterson Court eating houses, and a student waste audit.