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ORAU employees donate more than 11,600 pounds of recyclable materials for Earth Day 2016

Technotrash, paper, medicine and shoes were focus of annual event that exemplifies company’s environmental commitment

April 26, 2016

Members of ORAU’s Environment, Safety and Health Department sort through items recycled by employees during the 2016 ORAU Earth Day event. Click image for high resolution version.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—For the seventh year in a row, ORAU coordinated an annual event in conjunction with Earth Day to encourage employees to bring in unwanted items from home to recycle.

As part of this year’s two-day event, ORAU accepted more than 11,600 pounds of technotrash (computers, related accessories or other electronic items) and paper for secure shredding. Unwanted medicine was collected as part of Operation Medicine Cabinet in collaboration with the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Oak Ridge Police Department. Sixty-four pairs of gently used shoes were also collected and donated to those in need through the Soles4Souls non-profit organization.

ORAU hosts the annual event to encourage employees to bring in unwanted items from home for recycling or reuse. Since 2010, ORAU employees have recycled more than 27 tons of material from their homes as part of the company’s Earth Day recycling and donation events. In 2016, employees exceeded the previous year’s record-breaking total by more than 13 percent.

“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 ways in which we can give something back to our community.”

As an organization whose corporate office building in Oak Ridge was the first new, gold-level, LEED-certified office building in Tennessee, ORAU also maintains its environmental commitment through recycling. In 2015, the company recycled 87 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 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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