"Sustainable Saturday" attracts 1,500 cars full of recyclables to campus

"Sustainable Saturday" attracts 1,500 cars full of recyclables to campus
May 12, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Seven households will have energy for the next 12 months because of the recycling efforts of the Benedictine faculty, staff and students. Benedictine teamed with Sims Recycling Solutions of West Chicago, the Village of Lisle and DuPage County to host “Sustainable Saturday in Lisle” on Saturday, March 28 in the parking lot adjacent to the Dan and Ada Rice Center on the Benedictine campus. More than 1,500 vehicles passed through the recycling event, some waiting as long as 45 minutes. The event was part of Benedictine University’s “Years for the Environment” campaign. “The event was incredibly successful,” said Jean-Marie Kauth, Ph.D., a “Years for the Environment” organizer and Benedictine professor. “I heard several people say they wish we would do it again.” The items collected included: 180,827 pounds of electronics; 197 car, sump pump, boat and other large batteries; 7.96 tons of scrap metal; 11,000 pounds of paper; 489 pairs of eyeglasses; 13 hearing aids; 236 ink jet cartridges; 128 bicycles; 184 worn American flags and 398 cell phones. Recycling 1 million cell phones saves enough energy to power more than 19,000 U.S. households with electricity for an entire year.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.