Waste Management has announced a three-year, $300,000 commitment to Tennessee State University (TSU). The pledge, first unveiled by Dr. Glenda Glover, President of TSU, and Don Gentilcore, Mid-South Area Director of Disposal Operations for WM, during halftime of TSU’s homecoming football game this evening will focus on environmental sustainability research, and providing scholarships and internships for students attending TSU. “We appreciate the support from Waste Management and the opportunities this partnership will create for the University and our students,” said Dr. Glover. “Scholarships, internships and research will be the main focus of our collaboration as we work for the continued success of TSU students.”

WM owns and operates Southern Services Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill & Eco Park (Southern Services), a 183-acre, more than 30-year-old site located off of Briley Parkway in Nashville. Southern Services is home to both the only C&D landfill and C&D recycling facility in Davidson County. The volume of C&D waste, which includes materials like concrete, brick, metal, and asphalt, has nearly doubled in the last decade as Nashville’s growth and development has accelerated, while the recycling rate has decreased.

To help explore alternative solutions and strategies to address this growing problem, $150,000 of WM’s $300,000 commitment will be directed towards research conducted by students and faculty from TSU’s Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering in conjunction with the company’s Middle Tennessee staff focused on diversion and recovery of C&D materials to reduce landfill waste. For example, projects may examine the ability of source separation, incorporation of recovered materials for use in new builds and methods and procedures for handling debris generated during catastrophic events in Middle Tennessee.

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Author: The Tennessee Tribune
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