Campus News

November 8, 2010

Pitch in for national recycling week

Waste is a mounting concern as Americans generate 250 million tons of garbage per year. During America Recycles Week Nov. 8-15, Emory Recycles and Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives are encouraging the campus community to focus on individual recycling efforts and waste minimization.  

“With a little thought and planning, we can all change our habits and make a difference,” says Deena Keeler, manager for recycling at Emory Recycles. “There are activities planned on campus that highlight the importance of waste diversion through composting and recycling.”

See the schedule of events (PDF) for America Recycles Week at Emory. 

Activities like Weigh the Waste measures food residuals being diverted from local landfills through composting at Dobbs University Center Dining. At the Emory Farmers Market on Tuesday, Nov. 9, students and staff can have their personal documents shredded for free.

Free office supplies

Emory Recycles anticipates considerable participation in Green Office Free Exchange, a new initiative, since it will be held in conjunction with Tuesday’s Farmers Market from noon to 2 p.m.

“Employees and students can bring unwanted office supplies from home or their residence halls and they can exchange them for the office supplies and electronics they need,” Keeler explains. 

Electronic Waste Recycling will be held in two locations during the weeklong celebration. Collections will be held at the Briarcliff Campus, in the Building A lobby and in Surplus Properties of Building A. Items that will be accepted include old computer equipment, DVD players, telephones (including cell phones), stereo equipment, microwaves and calculators. 

Emory is committed to its goal of diverting its total waste stream 65 percent by 2015. This includes recycling 100 percent of electronics waste and building construction materials, and composting 95 percent of food waste and animal bedding material.

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