Towson University gets greener as recycling initiatives expand
TU recycled more than 25 percent of total waste in 2009 according to state report
TOWSON, Md. (March 12, 2010)—Towson University recycled more than 2.5 million pounds of material in 2009, according to the Maryland All State Agencies Recycle (All StAR) report released earlier this week. The report shows the university recycled 1,077 tons of Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) materials in 2009, marking the first time the university has recycled more 1,000 tons in a single calendar year.
In addition to the MRA materials, which include single-stream recyclables, electronics, cooking oil, yard material and corrugated cardboard, TU also recycled nearly 220 tons of non-MRA materials such as construction remnants and motor oil. Towson University’s overall recycling rate increased from 22.6 percent of total waste in 2008 to 25.2 percent in 2009, a significant increase given the vast amount of total material.
"Towson University is continuing to make marked progress toward achieving our sustainability initiatives,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance James P. Sheehan. “I am pleased that the All StAR report reflects this progress and the dedication to recycling among our students, faculty and staff.”
Campus-wide access to recycling has increased with the implementation of a single-stream recycling system and the recent addition of nearly 3,000 recycling containers to TU facilities. Initiatives such as the annual Recyclemania competition continue to raise awareness of TU's recycling program throughout the TU community
All Maryland state agencies are required to submit All StAR reports annually to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The report provides information on all recycling and solid waste generated within an agency to enable consistent comparisons between organizations. The complete All StAR report is available on Towson’s Recycling Web site, www.towson.edu/recycling.