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Ohio Northern University teams up with PepsiCo to increase recycling efforts on campus

Sep 15, 2014

Ohio Northern University has announced that it will advance its recycling efforts by teaming up withPepsiCo Recycling to bring a PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk and added recycling incentives to campus.

The PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk introduces a rewarding program that provides students with an easy and convenient way to make a difference by recycling their bottles and cans on the go. The kiosk will be located in the lobby of the mail center in the McIntosh Student Center.

The Dream Machine program, one of PepsiCo’s many recycling initiatives, consists of computerized receptacles that reward users with points for every plastic PET No. 1 beverage bottle or aluminum can recycled in the kiosk. There will be an option to print a receipt that will offer automatic savings to off-campus local merchants as well as the ONU Bookstore. New users can create a 10-digit numerical Rewards ID by visiting to register for the program and login at the kiosk.

Additionally, when recycling a beverage container, each person will accumulate points and receive discounts on many nationwide stores and restaurants at PepsiCo has collected more than 247 million containers and 14 million pounds of recyclable materials through the Dream Machine program alone to date.

“We are excited about working with PepsiCo to enable a recycling experience that is fun and rewarding for students on many levels,” said Terry Keiser, ONU director of sustainability. “I know both our students and faculty care about making a positive difference, and with the convenience and added incentives that come with the PepsiCo Recycling program, I expect Ohio Northern University to play an important role in contributing to this initiative.”

ONU is one of the first schools in Ohio to receive a PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk. There are over 130 Dream Machine kiosks in operation across the United States.

As part of the collaboration, ONU will join other participating colleges and universities across the nation in a competition that tracks recycling progress online at

The PepsiCo Recycling program has introduced thousands of new recycling solutions to colleges and universities, K-12 schools, gas stations and busy retail locations across North America with the goal of increasing the U.S. beverage-container recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. Since PepsiCo issued its goal in 2010, recycling rates have already increased by eight percent (from 34 percent to 42 percent today).

Aside from the inherent benefits of keeping our communities free of beverage can litter and our landfills free of recyclable materials, recycling in a Dream Machine enables students to help support disabled U.S. veterans. The recycled materials make it possible for PepsiCo to donate funds to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). Through the EBV program, post-9/11 disabled veterans receive training, at no cost, in entrepreneurship and small business management so they can make their own dreams come true.

We are thrilled to partner with ONU 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.”


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About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.


At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit

PepsiCo’s Commitment to Recycling

As a part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s goal to deliver sustained value to shareholders and stakeholders, the company is committed to increasing the recyclability of its packaging. Since 2010, PepsiCo has added more than 5,000 recycling systems across North America through recycling programs in more than 42 states. Since 2010, PepsiCo has diverted more than 350 million beverage containers to recycling in the United States.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

Since 2010, PepsiCo has donated $1.5 million to support the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans. Through its partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, PepsiCo has helped many veterans receive valuable training in entrepreneurship and small business management so they can build their own business and pursue their dreams. Every bottle and can recycled in a PepsiCo bin makes it possible for the company to donate funds to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). 4.1 million pounds of recycled bottles and cans have been collected via PepsiCo Recycling to support EBV. 

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