Three Tons of E-Waste and More Collected at ReThink
The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, and recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign. During this one-week period, Oct. 16-20, an assortment of initiatives and events took place to raise awareness about source reduction, reuse, and recycling.
ReThink 2017 by the Numbers…
6,175 pounds or 3 tons
E-waste collections at five different locations gathered three tons of unwanted electronic products: computers, electronic office equipment, mobile phones, and more.
350 plastic bags
The Recycling Hub on Oct. 19 in Houston Hall featured a “Plastic Bag Takeback,” collecting over 350 plastic grocery bags to be recycled by TerraCycle.
338 pounds of batteries
Alkaline battery collections at three schools diverted over 330 pounds of batteries from the landfill.
275 items of clothing
Penn’s second Pop-Up Clothing Swap was held on Oct. 18 in Houston Hall. The Swap emphasized reusing material goods and provided participants with an opportunity to exchange their clothing and accessories for “new to you” items. Over 275 items of clothing were brought to the Swap, and leftover items were donated to the new Penn Closet.
54 pounds of blankets and linens
The School of Arts and Sciences collected 54 pounds of blankets and linens to donate to the Pennsylvania SPCA.
4 school-wide Recycling and Sustainability Fairs
The Schools of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, and Arts & Sciences held fairs to educate their communities about recycling, green purchasing, waste reduction, and other important aspects of sustainability. Thanks to the Green Teams in these schools for organizing these events, which also featured donation sites for eyeglasses for VPS Global, shoes for Community Recycling, and towels & linens for the SPCA.