Shredding paper and a record

Radford University Recycling shredded documents and set a new record during its fall semester Shred-A-Thon event Sept. 11 on the RU campus.

"It's been a new record of 5.28 tons set by students, staff, faculty and departments for the documents shredded in just under four hours for the Fall Shred-A-Thon event in support of Service and Sustainability week," said RU Recycling Coordinator Pavan Muddanna.

The 5.28 tons, or 10,560 pounds collected and recycled, beat the amount set at RU Recycling's inaugural Shred-A-Thon event in February.

Materials were collected and shredded around campus, including locations near David Armstrong Complex, Martin, Cook and Heth halls.

Muddanna said 270 boxes of materials were recycled. The Office of the Registrar contributed the most boxes with 57.

"I am extremely happy with the tremendous turnout and support shown by everyone who has participated in this event and would like to personally thank them and we look forward to Spring Shred-A-Thon event in support of Recyclemania 2015," Muddanna said.

RecycleMania 2015 is scheduled for Feb. 1 through March 28.

During Service and Sustainability Week, faculty, administration and students participated in river cleanups, bike trips, volunteer fairs, SELU conservancy organic garden work day and Shred-A-Thon. The event was open to all university departments, students, faculty and staff to safely and securely shred unwanted documents.

Recently, RU was named one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

It's the fifth year in a row RU has been recognized by the education service company for its commitment to building and maintaining a sustainable, environmentally friendly campus.

The Princeton Review singled out RU for its LEED Gold building certifications and for submitting its Climate Action Plan with a target climate neutrality date of 2040.

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

Sep 16, 2014