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APSU partners with PepsiCo to make Dream Machine recycling machine available on campus

Austin Peay State University is providing students and faculty with a new and rewarding way to recycle their bottles and cans with the installation of a PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk in the Morgan University Center.

With the start of the 2015-16 school year approaching, the kiosk will join numerous static bins located across the Clarksville campus. APSU is one of only two universities in the state of Tennessee to partner with PepsiCo and install Dream Machines.

Austin Peay State University is providing students and faculty with a new and rewarding way to recycle their bottles and cans with the installation of a PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk in the Morgan University Center.

With the start of the 2015-16 school year approaching, the kiosk will join numerous static bins located across the Clarksville campus. APSU is one of only two universities in the state of Tennessee to partner with PepsiCo and install Dream Machines.

The Dream Machine program, provided at no cost to the University, consists of computerized receptacles that reward users with points for every plastic PET #1 beverage bottle or aluminum can recycled in the kiosk. Points can be redeemed for local discounts on entertainment, dining and travel at www.pepsicorecycling.com.

The materials recycled in the Dream Machine also make it possible for PepsiCo to donate funds to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which provides post-9/11 disabled veterans training, at no cost, in entrepreneurship and small business management.

“We are thrilled to partner with Austin Peay State University to make recycling beverage containers a more fun, rewarding and convenient process for college students,” said Tim Carey, Senior Director of Sustainability at PepsiCo. “By recycling in the on-campus Dream Machine, students can earn personal rewards, show their school spirit and help to make a real difference for our planet and in the lives of disabled U.S. veterans.”

Charlie Partain, marketing director with APSU Dining Services, said that the kiosk represents another way to further Austin Peay State University’s commitment to supporting the environment and veterans.

“(Dining Services) alone sold 200,000 beverage bottles last school year, and we noted that many of those bottles were thrown into the trash, so we wanted to give students a fun way to recycle,” Partain said. “But more than just giving students options, this program is a great way to help veterans that are (an important part) of Austin Peay.”

To learn more about PepsiCoRecycling, please visit www.pepsicorecycling.com. For more information on APSU Dining Services, visit www.dineoncampus.com/apsu, or call at 931-221-7474.