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FSU Bata Plastics Green Partners
The FSU plastics and rubber engineering technology department, with help from Bata, will recycle the department’s more than 20,000 pounds of plastic scrap material a year. FSU is one of the leading schools in
“This is a big win-win,” Speirs said.
Bata Plastics buys plastic scrap from injection-molding companies, grinds it and sells it back to them in a form they can use. While 20,000 pounds of scrap is small potatoes to Bata, "it’s 20,000 pounds not going in the dump," noted Speirs.
And Bata will pay Ferris for the scrap. W. Lee Hammond, president and CEO of Bata, said the recycling program will probably generate a few thousand dollars of revenue for the university each year.
“One of the important things here is that students also are learning how to recycle for future generations,” said Hammond, a board member of the Michigan Recycling Coalition. Bata recently contributed $5,000 to the Ferris endowment fund. FSU set up a recycling area for the plastics engineering department, and
Bata Plastics is the largest industrial plastics recycler in