Fairfield University to Use Tomra Reverse Vending Machines to Reward Students for Recycling

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Students Will Use UNO Machines to Dispose of Recyclable Containers in Exchange for Cash

Tomra of North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tomra Systems ASA (TOMRA) and leading global provider of advanced recycling solutions, today announced that Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., has acquired four of TOMRA's UNO recycling machines for use by students, faculty and visitors on campus. Students will be able to recycle glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers in the "reverse vending" machines (RVMs); each container will redeem five cents.

"Since beverage containers can often account for up to 50% of a trash bin's volume, UNOs can significantly help reduce the need to empty trash bins and limit littering," said David Frassinelli, assistant VP and Director of Facilities Management. "Curbside recycling was becoming too costly, and the UNO machine is a clean, simple and effective way of collecting the thousands of bottles that students dispose of on campus each month."

The four machines will be placed at student housing facilities, in townhouse units for easy access by students. Each townhouse location will have two machines, one for cans and plastic, and one for glass and plastic. The UNO machines can accept up to 20 containers per minute and have a total capacity of 500 containers per machine, depending on the material. The UNO produces a receipt for recyclers to take to the student ID card office and get a credit on their university "Stag" card, which can be used to pay for food, books, laundry and other campus expenses.

"The UNOs provide a way to help students and faculty get involved keeping their campus - and the wider community - clean, and offer an incentive for doing so. As of Oct. 1, the state's bottle return legislation will be extended to include water bottles, so this couldn't have come at a better time," said Warren Stoll, VP of Marketing and Business Development at TOMRA. "The UNO is 'plug and play,' with no special electrical requirements to run, so it's an easy addition to a campus environment."

About TOMRA of North America
Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Asker, Norway, TOMRA is a global leader in helping the world to recycle and reuse its valuable natural resources. With operations in nearly 50 countries, TOMRA provides end-to-end recycling solutions including automated recycling machines for empty beverage containers; pickup, transportation and processing services; and waste sorting and compaction equipment sales. TOMRA started operations in North America in 1985 and today represents nearly 40% of total global revenue. Tomra of North America is headquartered in Shelton, CT. For more information, visit http://www.tomra.com or call 203-447-8779.

About Fairfield University
Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world's oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University's six schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast.

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