Course 2: Recycling/Waste

Course 2: Recycling/Waste

Course 2: Recycling & Waste UWM Office of Sustainability Green Office Certification Training History of Recycling From electronics to pallets to ceiling tile, recycling at UWM goes beyond paper and aluminum cans. UWM looks to manage and reduce its waste while looking for new recycling outlets and markets to diversify its opportunities. IMPACT Methane from landfills is a greenhouse gas that is over 20 times more harmful to the atmosphere than CO2, making recycling just as important today as it was when the State of Wisconsin first mandated paper recycling on campus nearly 20 years ago. Since then UWM has expanded into many areas of recycling, including composting and ewaste.

History of Recycling continued Recycling at UWM has grown over the years and now includes a variety of materials. Yard waste~1984 Oil-1987 Paper-1990 Co-mingled (glass, cans, plastic bottles)-1995 Lab Chemicals-1995 Silver Reclamation (photo fixers)-2000 Toner Cartridges-2001 Freon- 2001 Oil Filters (vehicles)-2001 Fluorescent lamps and

ballasts-2001 Computers and E-waste2005 Techno Trash-2008 Construction & Demolition waste-2008 Pallets-2008 Carpet-2008 Metal-2008 Single Stream- NO SORT Recycling- 2009 Campus Recycling Being a large campus, UWM produces a large amount of waste. In fact, on average 150,000 lbs. of waste (trash and recycling) are produced each week! at UWM is important because it: Recycling 1. Contributes to the creation & expansion of job opportunities within the Milwaukee area 2. Conserves resources 3. Saves energy & decreases greenhouse gas emissions

4. Prevents pollution & slows landfill expansion 5. Saves our campus money- At UWM, we spend almost 5 times as much to throw something UWM is aassingle campus which means that all away we dostream to recycle it. paper products and containers can go in the same recycling bin.NO SORT! Campus Recycling What can be recycled in Single Sort? Paper: Newspaper, Cardboard Office paper (all colors) Magazines, Envelopes, Books

File folders, Notebooks *Small amounts of glue, tape, staples, and metal is OK Co-mingle (Plastic/Glass): Glass Bottles and Jars (clear, brown, & green glass) Aluminum cans All #s 1-7 plastic containers, rinsed Steel food containers Aerosol Cans (empty) Special Recycling Tennis Shoes- Youll find this recycling bin in the main lobby of the Klotsche Center. Shoes are sent to a company which uses them to make tot-lot soft playground surfaces. Cell Phones- Youll find this recycling bin just outside of Human Resources in Engelmann

Hall. Cell phones are sent to Call2Recycle where they are recycled or reused. Eyeglasses & Hearing AidsCurrently you will find these slim Construction & Demolition Debris Current Recycled Materials Metal- Ongoing for construction debris, facilities repair, and unusable metal fixtures & furniture Concrete & Brick- Special cases only. The Student Union recycled the brick of the computer lab renovation in the Summer of 08. Carpet- By department request, most carpet can be recycled as part of a new install. Pallets- All pallets at the University Services Building, which handles the campus inventory, are recycled Ceiling Tile- Special cases only. Through a vendor, properly palletized ceiling tile is recycled on campus. Old ceiling tile can be used to make new ceiling tile.

Recycling was an important Yard Waste- The Grounds Department aspect of the Golda Meir Library renovation regularly recycles yard waste on the Compost Composting, a process that breaks down organic materials into a rich soil, is a great way to prevent organic material from entering the traditional waste stream and ending up in a landfill. The benefits of composting are twofold: First, waste is reduced Second, rich soil is produced to use in gardening. At UWM, the Sandburg Caf currently collects its pre-cooked kitchens scraps- potato peelings, strawberry hauls, etc,- for making compost. 6,000 pounds of pre-cooked kitchen scraps per week Formally picked up by Growing Power

Currently diverted to campus hoop house for garden soil Hazardous Waste Recycling The University Safety & Assurances Environmental Affairs department has led the charge to minimize and manage hazardous waste on campus. By either finding a less toxic replacement, replacing hazardous chemical use with non-chemical methods, re-engineering chemical activities to use less chemicals, ordering smaller quantities of chemicals to match need, or even finding a reuse for surplus chemicals, US & A minimizes To recycle printer cartridges, firstwaste look on campus. and recycles the use of hazardous for packaging provided by vendor to send

cartridges directly back to the company. If no packaging can be found Safety & Assurances will pick up cartridges. A printable reference guide: uide.cfm Contact PJ Egan at (414) 550-9190 for hazardous waste pickups Batteri es UWM collects many types of batteries, including NickelCadmium, Lithium Ion, Nickel metal hydride, Lead acid and Lead gel-cell batteries. Alkaline batteries, the common batteries used in many appliances, may be tossed into the normal trash. However, before disposing make sure the batteries are taped at both ends. This prevents the terminals from touching which can Batteries be picked up by contacting UWM Safety and Assurances at

start acan fire. (414) 550-9190 Techno Trash Media formats change over time. The campus has a growing need to manage microfiche, CDs, DVDs, video tapes, and cassette tapes. Through Kard Recycling, UWM has been able to recycle these items at a nominal cost. This program is just for media; all other electronic waste hardware is handled through the Surplus program. Since most of these materials come from our Library, the collection for techno trash is handled by the Facilities Manager of the Golda Meir Library. To date: 5,000 lbs+ of techno trash have been averted from the landfill through this program To recycle techno trash media, contact: Kim Silbersack UWM Libraries Facilities Manager [email protected]

UWM Surplus Program The UWM Surplus Program helps manage unwanted furniture, equipment, & computers from campus, by either finding a new use for it in another department, selling it online to the public, donating items to area non-profits, or by recycling it as scrap. If you have unwanted items that your office or department need to get rid of, simply fill out the Surplus Declaration Form and send it to [email protected] Please note on the Surplus Declaration Form anything that might be hazardous waste. Items are generally picked up within 1-5 days. Surplus Dos and Donts For any questions about surplus contact 414.229.3465 Do- Plan ahead Do- Fill out the Surplus Dont- Leave surplus in Declaration Form the hallway completely and send to Dont- Pile up surplus in [email protected] corners and closets until it

u is difficult to manage Do- Call with questions Surplus continued In order to save costs for UWM departments, some surplus items are kept for new campus use. Reuse between departments is encouraged. There is a regular, but alternating inventory of desks, tables, filing cabinets, chairs, bookcases, and office supplies stored at the University Services Building. All items To browse pick upat items, are available to theorcampus no charge, but to: pickup iscome the responsibility

of the recipient. University Services & Research Building 115 E. Reindl Way Glendale, WI 53212 Items are also available (One block northto ofthe public through an online auction site called SWAP (Surplus with a purpose). SWAP is located at 1st and Capital Drive) All items purchased are available for pickup at the University Services and Research

Building. E-Waste Did you know there are 3.19 million tons of electronics in the U.S. municipal waste stream? Thats equal to throwing out 7,257 Boeing 747s! At UWM all electronic waste, including computers, printers, copiers, computer mice, and keyboards are handled through the UWM Surplus Program and are repurposed through the company Universal Recycling Technologies. URT provides certification that all items are wiped clean. E-Waste collected from campus RecycleMania Since 2009 UW-Milwaukee has participated in the international campus waste

and recycling competition called RecycleMania, a RecycleMania interns friendly competition and performing a waste benchmarking tool for college audit in the School of Architecture & Urban and university recycling Planning during 2011 programs to promote waste competition reduction activities to their campus During 8communities. weeks each spring UWM competes to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise awareness of conservation issues across campus. Each week throughout the competition Veolia and Waste Management track the campus waste and recycling, and these numbers are compared to campuses across the county.

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