ORAU collects nearly 5 tons of recyclable materials on Earth Day

Employees and retirees of Oak Ridge Associated Universities combined their efforts to preserve the earth’s natural resources at the company’s two-day Earth Day recycling event last month, which helped to recycle five tons of materials – and not go to the local landfill

ORAU held the event held this year for the first time in two years. The event has halted these years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the two-day event, held at ORAU’s South Campus location near Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge, the Office of Environment, Safety and Health of ‘ORAU, with the help of people from all over ORAU, accepted nearly five tons of reusable and recyclable materials from employees and retirees. It included 6,549 pounds of “technotrash”, 150 pounds of batteries and 793 pounds of household items, according to an ORAU press release.

ORAU invited local vendors onsite during the event to assist in the secure shredding of 1,800 pounds of paper and the collection of 77 pounds of medication for disposal. The Michael Dunn Center performed secure onsite shredding; Anderson County Allies for Drug Abuse Prevention (ASAP) and the Oak Ridge Police Department collected unused or unwanted medications as part of Operation Medicine Cabinet.

“This year we thought it would be a great idea to raise donations for local Oak Ridge nonprofits to help us celebrate 75+ years of ORAU in the community of Oak Ridge,” Jennifer Clary, ORAU Environment, Safety and Health Specialist who organized this year’s event, said in the statement. “During the event, we were able to collect nearly 800 pounds of lightly used household items to donate to local nonprofits.”

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