The results are in for Shred-A-Thon

shredded paper

The campus community recycled a total of 5,160 pounds of materials during last week's inaugural Shred-A-Thon event, sponsored by RU Sustainability and RU Recycling.

The four-hour event, part of RecycleMania 2014, was open to all university departments, students, faculty and staff who wanted to safely and securely shred unwanted documents.

Materials were collected and put through a shredding truck which was parked throughout the event at the Armstrong Building, Bonnie Plaza, Lot DD near Heth Clock Tower and Lot F near Muse and Tyler halls.

Materials from a total of 144 boxes were shredded and some materials dated back to 1993, Muddanna noted. RU Printing Services delivered the most boxes for recycling.

"Looking at the response, I am really happy to have one event each semester and the Shred-A-thon event has given us a boost in the recycling weight for Recyclemania 2014," said RU Recycling Coordinator Pavan Muddanna.

Three weeks into the RecycleMania 2014, RU has collected 31,320 pounds of recyclables. The goal is to collect 100,000 pounds. Five weeks remain in the friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in North America and Canada.

"Let's win; put it in the bin," Muddanna said.
RecycleMania is a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

RecycleMania runs through March 29, and final results will be announced April 11. Each week's results can be viewed online.

Two more campus recycling competitions are scheduled for March. Office Clean-Out, a competition between campus academics buildings, is slated for March 17-21. GreekMania, a triathlon-themed competition between Greek organizations on campus, is scheduled for March 24-28.

For more information about recycling and sustainability efforts on campus, visit RU Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter.

Feb 26, 2014