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Partner Spotlight: Meet Texas State University

September 8, 2015

Texas State’s main campus is located in San Marcos, a growing community of 58,000 people in the Austin Metropolitan Area. Located in the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies roll into beautiful hills, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The university hosts more than 39,000 students and 1500 staff and faculty.

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1- Why are you fundraising with Planet Green?

We want to give the students, faculty and staff an eco-friendly way to recycle their inkjet cartridges and cell phones.  We also want to raise funds to use for small projects for our storm water program and battery recycling program.

 

2- How long have you been fundraising with Planet Green? How much have you raised so far?

We’ve been fundraising with Planet Green since 2008 and so far we have raised about $7000.

 

3- How did you hear about the program?

One of our students in our battery recycling program did research for me on the internet and found several companies.  We picked yours based on the website and information offered.  It sounded like a good program and we liked that we didn’t have to pay shipping.

 

4- How has your experience been so far?

Excellent.  We couldn’t be happier.

 

5- What do you think about our new feature “Email a Friend”?

We don’t really use it.  We are more interested in capturing a target audience that we have been missing which is the students in dorms on campus.  We started that initiative this semester so too soon to see if it will work.

 

6- What do you think about remanufactured ink cartridges?
I find that some work better than others.  Our campus tends to want to buy new.

 

7- What are your recommendations for anyone who’s considering the program or is new to it?
Come up with uniform boxes and signage so if they are put in multiple places they can easily be identified as part of your program. Here’s a photo of one of our box.

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Here’s more info about our Battery Collection Expansion Program:

  • Currently, there are 61 green recycling boxes on campus
    • It typically takes student workers 2 days (10-12 hours) out of the month to collect the materials from these boxes
    • Since 2008, we have raised $6,084.05 from these boxes – about $869 annually
  • We would like to add 24 boxes – 1 to each dorm
    • This would bring the total to 85 boxes, a 39% increase
    • With these additional boxes it would only take an 4 additional hours a month for student workers to collect the materials – about two and a half days per month (14-16 hours in total)
  • With a 39% increase, this would bring a total of $1,210 per year
  • We have created an 11×17 poster to display at each dorm near the boxes location
    • The cost to laminate the 24 posters would be $36

 

8- Do you have any concerns about the environment, e-waste, etc.?

We are very concerned for the environment and encourage recycling for anything that can be.  We hold an annual recycling event for e-waste and now have a third party e-recycler in town for computers, TVs, etc that we take e-waste to.

 

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