Texas State University
601 University Avenue
San Marcos, Texas, 78666
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2009
CONTACT: Lisa Arceneaux
New Bin for Old Batteries
SAN MARCOS, Texas – In the battle for a greener world, every individual must do his
or her part. David Schumacher, general manager of Texas State University radio
station KTSW, has taken another step in the greener direction.
A new battery-recycling bin has been placed on the Texas State University
campus located in Old Main 106. Schumacher, an avid recycler, requested this new
recycling bin because of the amount of batteries that are used at KTSW. It is the only
battery-recycling bin located in Old Main.
Schumacher said KTSW uses lots of portable recorders for when they need
sound bites for their radio programs. Rechargeable batteries just don’t have the kick
that fresh new batteries have, so they go through a hefty amount of them.
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The reason Schumacher requested a battery-recycling bin to be in Old Main
is because he would like to see more involvement from the campus community since
the Texas State campus throws away more than 2,000 batteries each year.
“It’s just making it available to people so they can get in the habit of
recycling,” Schumacher said.
Minerals used to make batteries are in short supply. This recycling program
recycles all parts of the batteries so fewer minerals need to be taken from the
The bin is also used for recycling ink cartridges along with most every kind of
battery, except wet-cell batteries. The bin gets emptied the last Wednesday of every