ORAU collects nearly 5 tons of recyclables at Earth Day event

Oak Ridge Associate University employees and retirees combined their efforts to conserve Earth’s natural resources during the company’s two-day Earth Day recycling event last month, resulting in five tons of material being recycled — and not going into local landfills.

ORAU is hosting the event this year for the first time in two years. The event was suspended in those years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the two-day event, held at the ORAU South Campus site on Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge, ORAU’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health, with individual assistance from across ORAU, received nearly five tons of reusable and recyclable materials. of employees and retirees. That includes 6,549 pounds of “technotrash,” 150 pounds of battery and 793 pounds of household donated goods, according to the ORAU news release.

ORAU invited local vendors on site during the event to help shred 1,800 pounds of paper safely and collect 77 pounds of medicine for disposal. Michael Dunn Center conducts secure on-site enumerations; Allied Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) of Anderson County and the Oak Ridge Police Department collects unused or unwanted drugs as part of Operation Drug Cabinet.

“This year, we thought it would be a great idea to raise donations for a local nonprofit organization in Oak Ridge to help us celebrate more than 75 years of ORAU being a part of the Oak Ridge community,” Jennifer Clary, ORAU Environment, Safety and Health Specialist who organized the event. this year, according to the release. “During the event, we were able to collect nearly 800 pounds of used household items to donate to local nonprofits.”

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