Employee program to recycle small things gets big results, campus award

Saraya Lyons Recycling

To assist ASU's 2015 zero waste goal, the ASU Materials Management team has organized a collection service for used and unwanted office supplies. Since it first started, the collection service has rounded up more than 400 pounds of CDs, DVDs, plastic jewel cases and more than 150 cell phones in addition to 17,200 toner cartridges and 2,500 writing utensils.

"It’s the little things that add up," says Maureen King, manager of Materials Management. "Each act does not have much impact by itself, but collectively all this work leads to the larger goal of creating a sustainable future."

Mail Services reuses the rubber bands, while ink and toner cartridges and utensils are sent out for recycling.