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Fairfield U. Installs Tomra Reverse Venders To Encourage Recycling

by Staff Reporter
Posted On: 10/2/2009

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SHELTON, CT -- Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) has acquired four Tomra 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 5¢.

The four machines will be placed at student housing facilities for easy access by students. Each of these "townhouse" locations will have two machines, one for cans and plastic, and one for glass and plastic.

Tomra's UNO machines can accept as many as 20 containers a minute and hold up to 500 containers, depending on the material. The RVMs generate receipts for users to take to the student ID card office to get a credit on their university "stag" cards, used for food, books, laundry and other campus expenses.

Since beverage containers can often account for up to 50% of a trash bin's volume, UNOs can reduce the need to empty trash bins while deterring littering, said David Frassinelli, assistant vice-president and director of facilities management for the university. "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," he explained.

The UNOs provide a method and an incentive for students and faculty to get involved in keeping their campus, and the wider community, clean, said Tomra vice-president of marketing and business development Warren Stoll. He added that the timing of the installation was ideal, since Connecticut's bottle deposit law was extended to include water bottles on Oct. 1. "The UNO is 'plug and play,' with no special electrical requirements to run, so it's an easy addition to a campus environment," Stoll pointed out.

Tomra, headquartered in Asker, Norway, was established in 1972 and entered the North American market in 1985; operations here now represent nearly 40% of its global revenue. Information on its RVMs is available at, or by calling (203) 447-8779.