Expanded Campus-wide Recycling Program has begun!!
After a successful pilot program at the University Center Summer 2011, the recycling program has now been expanded to serve the entire campus. Custodial Services began servicing the new containers in early July. The new program recycles more materials and is easier than before. Plus, the recycling program will provide both operational and environmental savings to the university.
What's new about the program?
- Recycle More! More Materials can be recycled
- Recycle it all together! Recyclables can all go together in the same recycle bin
- Get it in the (right) bin New Containers for trash and recycling in office suites, meeting rooms, library and public concourses
- How Recycling and Trash Travels- Streamlined collection of trash and recycling.
The results of our faculty/staff survey are in, and the results can be reviewed by clicking here. We got mostly positive feedback and will continue to analyze feedback and implement changes where appropriate. Remember, if you have specific questions or concerns, please send an email to recycle-UMD@umd.umich.edu.
With the new recycling program, so many things can be recycled; you may not even need a trash can! Paper items like newspapers, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, office and notebook paper; containers including clear glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans; and finally cardboard. For a complete list Click here!
Recycle All Together Now!
This new program allows you to place all the recyclables in the same bin! This type of recycling is called "single-stream". The sorting of all the different types of materials takes place at the recycling facility. Take a look at where UM- Dearborn's Material will be processed.
Get it in the (right) bin!
To make the new program happen, new containers will be placed around campus and in offices, and some old containers will be repurposed.
If you are in an office or office suite, your old trash can will be relabeled and now be used as a recycle bin**. For trash, staff and faculty will be provided with a mini-trash can. Office suites will now have large trashcans with a large recycling container in central locations. These large containers for recycling will be blue and will have a clear liner inside them. Trash will either be gray or black with a black liner. Click here for more information.
If you are a student, blue recycling containers will be placed around campus near seating areas, in hallways near classrooms, in the library and the UC.
**Note: Some offices may already have desk side containers for recycling- great! Please review the "How Trash and Recycling Travels" for the next steps in the recycling process!
How Recycling and Trash Travels
Staff and Faculty
If you are in an office, once your trash and recycling containers are full, please empty into the larger trash and recycling bins placed in central locations. Custodian will then collect from the large centralized containers every night, and then transfer trash and recycling to the outside containers for pick-up. There will no longer be collection of trash and recycling from your desk by custodial staff. Click here for more information.
If you are a student, plase place recyclables and trash in the correct containers around campus. If you work in an office or use space at the UC, please see information for faculty and staff about how materials will be handled.
Impacts of Recycling at UM-Dearborn
The new program is projected to realize the following environmental benefits over a 5-year period. Your participation in the program contributes to these numbers!
Waste diverted from landfill:
1.4 Million Pounds
Avoided CO2 Emissions:
1,913 Metric Tons CO2 equivalent
of taking 69 cars off the road
Avoided Resource Use:
4.3 Million gallons of water saved
3.4 Million kWh Energy saved
9,982 trees saved
For more answers: Click here!
Stewards of Sustainability
The Staff Senate, in conjunction with Facilities Planning, is pleased to announce a new program on campus, "Stewards of Sustainability". The mission of this new organization is to bring sustainability to the grassroots level in our buildings and departments. Stewards of Sustainability (SoS) volunteers will help their colleagues integrate sustainability into the day-to-day actions of their work spaces. We are actively recruiting members of our campus community to join in as Stewards of Sustainability. Our goal is to have one SoS volunteer from every department on campus please contact us if you are interested!