Reduce Reuse RecycleThe Facilities Division has placed a high emphasis on sustainability in all of its departments and their efforts across campus, from the new ink and toner cartridge recycling program to the installation of LED lights at Bartow Arena.

Last month UAB Recycling stepped up during the highly publicized boxing match between Deontay Wilder and Eric Molina at Bartow Arena to ensure all recyclable goods were collected.

“We wanted to recycle every can, water bottle and piece of cardboard from the event,” said Mike Gebeke, assistant vice president for Facilities Management. “It wasn’t a perfect recycling event, but we did a good job and we look forward to more events like this.”

More than 9,000 people attended the event, and the Facilities Division had 10 people dedicated to collecting and separating the recyclables. At the end of the day more than 864 pounds of cans, 400 pounds of cardboard and 75 pounds of plastic was recycled.

Gebeke said the event in June was a good warm up, because they will need to be prepared for the Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope, a three-day event in August.

“We hope to increase our efficiencies at events like this to increase our recycling numbers,” Gebeke said.

The UAB Recycling Center opened in March 2009 and is located at 620 11th Street South. Recyclables can be dropped off 6:30-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Mondays. If Monday is a holiday or the campus is closed, the center will be open on the next UAB workday. A list of materials the Recycling Center accepts can be found online