Texas A&M University announced today that it will place a PepsiCo Dream Machine recycling kiosk at Mays Business School, providing students and faculty with a convenient and rewarding way to recycle their bottles and cans while on-the-go. The unveiling of the Dream Machine is scheduled to coincide with the school’s annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program, which runs from August 6 – 13, 2011 at Mays Business School. The official kick-off event is scheduled for noon on Thursday, August 11th in the Wehner Building.
The Dream Machine recycling initiative, created by PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) in partnership with Waste Management (NYSE: WM), is introducing thousands of recycling bins and kiosks at popular public locations across North America. The kiosk is a computerized receptacle that includes a personal reward system, powered by Greenopolis, which allows users to earn points for every bottle or can they recycle in the kiosk and redeem those points for local discounts on entertainment, dining and travel at www.greenopolis.com.
Additionally, the more bottles and cans people recycle in a Dream Machine kiosk at Texas A&M, and in Dream Machine bins and kiosks across the nation, the more support PepsiCo will provide to the EBV, a national program offering free experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities.
“We are so pleased that the Mays Business School is expanding the Dream Machine program at Texas A&M University,” said Jeremy Cage, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Insights at PepsiCo and head of the Dream Machine recycling initiative. “By recycling in a Dream Machine, students and faculty can earn rewards and help make a real difference for our planet and in the lives of disabled U.S. veterans.”
At Texas A&M University sustainability is more than a buzz word –with on campus recycling, and waste management. Additionally, University Dining is using an award-winning process developed by Texas A&M’s Department of Chemical Engineering and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station for turning food scraps into biofuel.
With nearly 2,600 Dream Machines located in 30 states to-date, the program aims to create strategic partnerships to help increase the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018.
“Experience tells us that people are much more likely to recycle if it’s convenient, and they are rewarded for doing so,” said Paul Ligon, managing director for Greenopolis, a Waste Management subsidiary. “We look forward to working with Texas A&M to enable a recycling experience that is fun and rewarding on many levels.”