Benedictine collects 109,000 pounds of old electronic devices
May 6, 2010
Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
More than 1,100 cars passed through the Benedictine University campus on Saturday, May 1, dropping off old computers, bicycles, batteries and fire extinguishers.
“A recycling event with 500 cars is described as a good event,” said John Mickus, Ph.D., a Benedictine professor who helped organize the event. “1,000 cars is said to be outstanding.”
Benedictine teamed with DuPage County, the Village of Lisle, Electronics Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), Vintage Tech Recyclers of Plainfield, and School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) of Glen Ellyn to host the second annual “Sustainable Saturday.”
The event is part of Benedictine University’s “Years for the Environment” campaign.
Items collected were: 109,000 pounds of electronics, including 687 computers and 944 monitors; 11,000 pounds of paper; 75 bicycles; 90 sealed lead acid batteries; and 61 fire extinguishers. Also collected were old flags, cell phones, eye glasses and scrap metal.
“The volunteers were all great,” Mickus said. “The earth is a little better for what they did.”
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.