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Old 09-22-2008, 05:09 PM
Tina Notas Tina Notas is offline
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Default Want to increase RECYCLING at Drew?

I'd like to start a general discussion on increasing recycling at Drew. Post your thoughts and ideas here. Thanks!
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:17 PM
Charles D. Knight
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I think that it should be a rule that anywhere on campus that plastic bottles are sold (the library for example) there has to be recycling for them. The library has very few, if any, recycling bins for plastic. Also, in the dorms, while students here should be able to figure it out themselves, it might be helpful to clearly mark where things are supposed to go. Having one big recycling bin can be confusing if someone is looking for where to put cardboard.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:33 PM
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Mike Richichi Mike Richichi is offline
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An important step will be training the Facilities staff to keep things separate. I have seen the custodial staff combine trash and recycling bags, or bag cardboard (we get a lot of cardboard).

Also, in staff offices, we used to have "basket buddies" which were tiny cans for non-recyclables, office paper and bottles could go in the big can. They're mostly gone.

Again, related to the copious packaging specifically our office gets, it'd be good to have a way to recycle polystyrene packing material. I don't know what happens to it now--perhaps it is being sorted from the stream, but if not we're likely throwing it out.

On the bright side--much of our computer repair materials are shipped in boxes that we ship right back with the defective part, so we don't waste those. We do have some non-returnable parts (mostly case pieces) and those are stored for parts as much as we can. (if your laptop needs a replacement key, we probably have several in stock.)
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:41 AM
Tina Notas Tina Notas is offline
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Thanks for the comment about common area recycling bins in the res halls. Keep them coming!

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Old 09-23-2008, 03:21 PM
Tina Notas Tina Notas is offline
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Default Recycling at Drew

Please note the following are mandatory items to be recycled under NJ State Law and thus required to be separated by students, faculty and staff at Drew:


* glass bottles & jars
* aluminum cans
* steel (tin) cans
* plastic bottles (bottles only) coded with a #1 or #2 on the bottom

Collected in Mixed Paper/PAPER RECYCLING Bins:

* paper
* newspaper
* cereal & pasta boxes
* brown paper bags
* magazines & catalogs

Cardboard is to be flattened and placed next to the recycling bins
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:48 PM
Christina C. Riley Christina C. Riley is offline
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Default Recycling/Trash

Sometimes contamination of recycled materials is due to the LACK of places for people to throw trash that can't be recycled. So their only option (usually because they're too lazy to look for a regular trash bin) is to just throw whatever they got into the recycling bin pretty much ruining everyone else's efforts to recycle.

Perhaps better signage (in simple English for our students that don't have English as their first language can easily read and understand) at every recycling trash bin would be helpful.

Also, MORE regular trash bins (perhaps smaller?) so people are less tempted to contaminate the recycling.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:21 PM
Sarah G. Davie
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Default Recycling in the Suites!

We need WAY more than one little measly shed behind Fosters to cover all the trash in the suites. If we are given the tools, we can use them, but until then, we will just keep wasting.

Give us large trash bins and recycling bins! Have a separate shed for just recycling purposes, separated between cardboard, cans, plastic, and paper. We can save so much by just getting the tools to save.
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