Press Releases

Purchase Opens Redemption Center at More Store

Date Released: 10/2/2009

Complete recycling center for glass, plastic, aluminum

Purchase College will launch its new  Redemption Center at the More Store, located in the Fort Awesome dormitory,  at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 7 at I PM.  President Thomas J. Schwarz will preside along with Bill Guerrero, Executive Director of the Purchase College Association, Joseph Tripodi, Purchase Sustainability Director, student Steve Sabel.


The Redemption Center will have three redeemable recycling machines which will take most plastic, aluminum and glass recyclables and provide redemption.  Students will be encouraged to bring recyclables to the location. Purchase is the first SUNY campus to have a complete recycling center.  


At the opening, students who bring items to the center will have a chance to win tickets to the Regina Spektor concert at Radio City Music Hall on October 14.  She is an alum.  


As part of its sustainability efforts, Purchase has partnered with Tomra of North America, a global leader in helping the world to recycle and reuse its valuable natural resources located in Shelton, CT.


Founded in 1972, Tomra is headquartered in Asker, Norway and provides end-to-end recycling with automated recycling machines for empty beverage containers, pick up, transportation and processing services, and waste sorting and compaction equipment sales. The company has operations in nearly 50 countries and represents nearly 40% of total global recycling revenue.


President Schwarz in April 2007 joined 151 other US Colleges Presidents in signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.  He has been a staunch supporter of raising the standards for sustainability efforts.  Purchase is committed to enhancing and establishing additional programs campus wide. 


The Purchase College Association which manages the business services such as food service, the book store, laundry, cable TV, vending machines, parking, student health, financial services and introduced a number of sustainability programs such as Zipcars, Zimrides a ride-share program, Purchase Loop buses, fair trade coffee sold in the Starbucks store, trayless dining, vending misers which reduce lights on vending machines when not in use, serving locally grown food in dining halls and green channel TV.  


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