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ORAU employees have recycled nearly 26 tons of unwanted items on Earth Day since 2010

2015 collection events result in more than 10,000 pounds of material from employee homes

May 6, 2015

Members of ORAU’s Environment, Safety and Health Department sort through items recycled by employees during the 2015 ORAU Earth Day Event.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Since 2010, ORAU employees have recycled more than 26 tons of material, an average of more than four tons a year, from their homes as part of the company’s Earth Day recycling and donation events. In 2015, employees exceeded this average by recycling more than five tons, or 10,113 pounds, of material.

ORAU uses the annual event to encourage employees to bring in unwanted items from home for recycling or reuse. Materials can include techno-trash (computers, related accessories or other electronic items) and paper for secure shredding. Employees also can safely discard unwanted medications as part of Operation Medicine Cabinet in collaboration with the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Oak Ridge Police Department and donate gently used shoes for those in need. This year, employees donated 512 pairs of shoes.

“For our employees, Earth Day is more than just a one-day-a-year event,” said Tom Wantland, ORAU Director for Environment, Safety and Health. “It is an opportunity to renew our commitment to recycling efforts throughout the year and to again find a way in which we can give something back to our community.”

As an organization, ORAU also maintains its environmental commitment. In 2014 the company recycled 95 tons of materials, marking a continuing trend of recycling more than it throws away. ORAU also was recently recertified to the ISO 14001 standards for continually demonstrating environmentally sound business practices.

ORAU’s corporate office building in Oak Ridge was the first new, gold-level, LEED-certified office building in Tennessee.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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