2010
Benedictine collects 109,000 pounds of old electronic devices

Benedictine collects 109,000 pounds of old electronic devices
May 6, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

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.”

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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.