Bethany College New Recycling Initiative

Bethany College has announced a new campus-wide procedure for recycling paper. An industrial-sized shredder, which can accommodate various paper types, is located in the Mail and Duplication Center. The shredding accumulated from this initiative will provide alternative bedding material for the horses located at Oglebay Stables as part of the Bethany College Equestrian Program.

Shredding Information:

Pick-up will occur twice a week and green recycling bins for paper disposal will be located in various locations throughout campus.

The Ohio State University has published a fact sheet which addresses the myths surrounding the use of recycled paper materials as bedding material for farm animals. The full article can be found at

Designated green bins for paper recycling will be located at the following areas on campus.

  • Bethany Beanery
  • Bethany College Bookstore
  • Center for Enrollment
  • Cramblet Hall
  • Erickson Alumni Center
  • Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center
  • Hummel Field House
  • Judith R. Hurl Education Center
  • Kirkpatrick Hall of Life Sciences
  • Mail & Duplication Center
  • Morlan Hall
  • Mountainside Conference Center
  • Office of Student Life
  • Richardson Hall of Science
  • Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center
  • Steinman Hall
  • T.W. Phillips Memorial Library

The Physical Plant will manage the emptying of the recycling bins and delivering the materials to be shredded to the Mail & Duplication Center, twice a week. If you observe a bin that is at capacity, contact Ruletta Minor, in the Physical Plant, at extension 7511.

Acceptable Paper to be Recycled

  • Newspaper
  • All white and color paper
  • All copy paper
  • All stapled brochures, magazines and catalogs (with staples removed)
  • All posters (No plastic laminated posters)
  • All manila folders
  • Almost all envelopes (Please no inter-office envelopes)
  • All fliers

Non-Recyclable Items

  • No ream wrap – vapor barrier paper (if it is coated with a plastic film)
  • No glue bound books, catalogs or magazines
  • No particle (of fiber board) paper (such as soft drink boxes)
  • No photos on photographic paper
  • No paper cups, plates or food/candy wrappers
  • No food scraps
  • No napkins, towels or tissue paper
  • No cardboard – this can be recycled in the large green trailer located on Richardson Street near the Erickson Alumni Center

It is advised not to place materials which contain personal information, such as bank or credit card statements, paycheck stubs, ATM receipts, medical invoices or anything with names, addresses, etc. in the recycling bins. If you would like to have these items shredded, you may do so in person at the Mail & Duplication Center, Monday – Thursday between the hours of 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 3 – 4 p.m.

Additional Questions:

Why is the shredded paper being used for bedding for horses?
Paper is abundantly available in our community, is cost competitive with traditional bedding materials, suitable for all livestock, highly absorbent, long lasting, sterile, dust and weedfree, rapidly decomposes in soil, and is easily incorporated into a manure management system. On an environmental level, utilizing shredded paper also allows for reduction of landfill space.

How much will my recycling benefit the environment?
According to the U.S. EPA, each ton of paper that is recycled saves the following:
  • 17 trees
  • 6,950 gallons of water
  • 463 gallons of oil
  • 587 pounds of air pollution
  • 3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 4077 kilowatt hours of energy
What if I see a bin that is overflowing?

Bins will be emptied twice a week however, if you observe a bin that is at capacity, contact Ruletta Minor, in the Physical Plant, at extension 7511.