Spring Clean With the Office of Sustainability; E-Inside; March 2, 2018
After spending months cooped up inside, most of us enjoy the opportunity to freshen our homes and offices with a good spring cleaning and decluttering. But before all the clutter ends up in a landfill, Kent State University’s Office of Sustainability recommends finding responsible ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Before you throw away everything, consider what else you can do with it. Many places in local communities accept donations.
“It is always better to give items another life by reusing or donating first before recycling them or placing items in the trash,” says Leah Graham, outreach recycling coordinator for Kent State's Office of Sustainability.
Ms. Graham emphasizes finding solutions and options other than landfills for disposable materials.
“Before you put it in the trash bin, consider available donation or recycling opportunities,” Ms. Graham says.
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION DISPOSAL
Kent State has year-round drop off locations for expired or unwanted prescription medications. The Kent State Police department has a metal drop-off box located outside its building on East Summit Street. If you have questions, call 330-672-3111. The city of Kent Police Station also has a drop-off box located outside its building on Water Street.
It can be easy to recycle papers, but what about those that include sensitive information? Kent State’s Division of Human Resources and the Office of Sustainability are hosting ShredMania on Wednesday, March 21. The event will be held from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Kent Campus R-17 parking lot behind Starbucks, between South Willow Street and South Lincoln Street, as part of the RecycleMania competition. This event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the Kent community. This is a great opportunity to shred unwanted paper waste using a secure, onsite document destruction service.
“Sensitive documents, data or information that people don’t want to put directly in the recycling are what people typically shred,” Ms. Graham says. “If you have sensitive information that needs to be destroyed, you can shred it at ShredMania, and then it gets recycled.”
University Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability are also hosting the E-Cycle Drive to encourage the Kent community to properly dispose of their electronics through an R2-certified electronics recycler, where materials are handled in an environmentally and socially responsible way. The drive occurs Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 21, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the R-17 parking lot behind Starbucks, between South Willow Street and South Lincoln Street. Almost anything with a cord is accepted except TV sets and kitchen appliances.
From extension cords to old digital cameras, this is the perfect time to responsibly dispose of all of those junk drawer electronics.
“It is all about knowing what options are available for disposable items,” Ms. Graham says. “It doesn’t have to be trash. It’s about finding the appropriate outlet.”
University Facilities Management collects and recycles electronics via Flash Track year-round.
For more information about the E-Cycle Drive and ShredMania, visit www.kent.edu/sustainability/events.
For more information about Kent State’s Office of Sustainability, visit www.kent.edu/sustainability.