JJC Slides into First Place in Nationwide PepsiCo College Recycling Challenge

Update: A second PepsiCo Dream Machine was installed on the Main Campus in the first floor cafe area in J-Building.

Joliet Junior College now ranks No. 1 in the PepsiCo college recycling challenge, after more than 3,000 beverage containers were recycled at the PepsiCo Dream Machine.

This challenge is a nationwide contest that shows which colleges and universities have recycled the most beverage containers.

JJC recently outranked the previous first place school, Mountwest College in Huntington, W.Va., and JJC now leads by more than 700 beverage containers. To see the detailed listing, visit https://www.pepsicorecycling.com/UniversityRecycling/Leaderboard.

The PepsiCo Dream Machine is located in the Campus Center cafeteria, at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

The PepsiCo Dream Machine is located in the Campus Center cafeteria, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

One of the reasons JJC has been so successful in this contest is due to JJC’s organization Students for a Sustainable Future. In 2013, the club set up an informational table next to the Dream Machine, and made others aware of the benefits of the Dream Machine’s rewards system. The club plans to continue bringing awareness to the Dream Machine in 2014.

JJC architecture student Steven Mark, who is a part of Students for a Sustainable Future, has recycled hundreds of beverage containers since the Dream Machine’s inception in September 2013. Mark is excited that JJC has worked its way up to first place.

“The Dream Machine has been a great addition to JJC,” he said. “Recycling helps divert the many bottles and containers we use everyday from our landfills where they will never decompose, break down, or be used again in our lifetime.”

Although the Dream Machine is geared toward students, anyone in the community can use it to earn points.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members who use JJC’s Dream Machine need to create a 10-digit user ID to begin the recycling process. First time users can go to www.PepsiCoRecycling for help.

The Dream Machine is an electronic recycling kiosk located in the Campus Center cafeteria on the Main Campus that rewards patrons with points for recycling beverage containers of any brand or size. Once a person reaches 100 points, they can redeem them for coupons and discounts at area retailers and restaurants.

As long as people continue to use the Dream Machine, PepsiCo Recycling has also promised to donate to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). The EBV is a national program that gives free training to post-9/11 veterans who have goals of starting their own businesses.

For more information about PepsiCo Recycling’s Dream Machine, or to sign up for the program, visit www.pepsicorecycling.com. Individuals can also sign up at the Dream Machine kiosk. For more information about JJC’s sustainability plans, visit www.jjc.edu/about/committees/sustainable-campus.

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