A comprehensive recycling program that will enable Western Maryland College to recycle plastic, glass and metal cans has been endowed by the 1991 Senior Pride Campaign.

The campaign, conducted by studentleaders of the Class of 1991 as a gift to the college, recently achieved its goal of $2,000.

That amount will be matched three to one by developer Martin K. P. Hill of Masonry Contractors, whose daughter, Jennifer, is a junior at WMC. The $8,000 total will support the college recycling program that began on campus earlier this year.

For the first time since itwas initiated in 1981, Senior Pride had a specific project identified for which the senior class could raise money. In previous years, the campaign has benefited the college's Annual Fund.

Senior Pride '91 was led by seniors Melanie D'Amore, daughter of Anthony J. Sr. andLois D'Amore of St. Mary's, Pa.; Nona Green of Catonsville, Baltimore County; and senior class president Chester J. "Skip" Tyson IV, son of Chester III and Elizabeth Tyson of Gardners, Pa.

"Together -- as a unified class -- we can leave something behind on the 'Hill' thatwill really make a difference in our world," the campaign leadershipsaid in a letter to the senior class. "How often does that happen?"

Money raised by the Class of 1991 will help purchase a second multi-compartment recycling bin to collect plastic, clear and colored glass and the heavy-gauge metal food cans used by the dining services staff. The new bin is expected to be installed on campus by September.

For the first phase of Western Maryland's recycling program, a collection point was set up for newspapers, other paper goods such as cardboard and aluminum cans.

A $5,000 collection bin was purchased jointly by the college and the Carroll Department of Public Works in order to help the county reach its state-mandated goal of recycling 15percent of all waste generated within the county by 1994. Smaller recycling bins were placed in offices and dormsacross campus.

The second phase calls for the purchase of a second $5,000 bin to be placednext to the first one. The remaining $3,000 will be used to buy additional small bins. The Public Works Department has agreed to haul both bins to a recycling center at no charge to WMC.

Mel Whelan, college building services coordinator, said the enacting of the second phase means that Western Maryland College will be recycling nearly everything it can and drastically reducing the amount of waste it sends to the landfill.

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