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November 14, 2011

Take Note

America Recycles Week mixes art, compost, old clothes and more

Emory Recycles and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives are encouraging the Emory community to pitch in during this year's America Recycles Week, Nov. 14-18.

America Recycles Week highlights include:

Visual Arts and Environmental Science: Environmental artist John Grade is Emory's artist-in-residence. Grade and his project highlight conversations between science and art, with the goal of bringing environmental awareness to Emory and metro Atlanta. Emory Recycles is providing over 10,000 plastic bottles for the sculptural installation on campus Nov. 6-19 at the Emory Visual Arts Gallery.

Personal Confidential Shredding: Collection carts for personal confidential information will be located in the Briarcliff Building A lobby from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Nov. 14-18.

Composting at Emory: Join Emory Recycles from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Emory Farmers Market to gain knowledge about Emory's composting program. Free compost will be provided to faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Energy Roundup: Donate space heaters and save energy, money and disposal costs. Bring small electronics to the Briarcliff Campus Building A lobby to make a contribution from Nov. 14-18.

Little Bird Blue: Recycle old designer jeans by donating, trading or buying another gently used pair. Non-designer jeans will be accepted and donated to a local shelter. Salvage jeans at the Sorority Village on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.    

Currently, Emory recycles over half of its waste stream with a goal to recycle 65 percent by 2015. Cans, plastic bottles and old electronics aren't the only items Emory diverts from landfills. From November 2009 through April 2010, Emory's Division of Animal Resources and its partners redirected 68 tons of animal bedding from statewide dumping grounds.

"Raising the awareness about recycling on campus is an ongoing effort for Emory, and we've had great successes as a result," says Deena Keeler, assistant director of auxiliary services. For example, during Earth Month 2010, the Emory campus recycled 14,734 pounds of cell phones, cameras, computer components and other outdated electronic equipment, she says.

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