UIC is going to participate in a national effort in higher education to raise the paper recycling rate to 75%. Our current overall recycling rate is about 40% - we need to increase this to make ourselves more viable in the RePaper Challenge. We have all the requisite parts in place in our existing program, except the performance of an annual waste audit - so we will conduct the audit in an outdoor area this week.
Who: UIC Office of Sustainability
What: RePaper Challenge waste audit
When: We will collect the bags on Wednesday, October 19th, with the help of a truck and driver provided by the Dept. of Transportation. We need several volunteers for this task, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
On Thursday, October 20th, starting at 9:00 a.m., one building at a time, we will weigh the trash and then sort it to find the percentage by weight of each type of paper, plastic, metal, aluminum, glass, and waste materials. The findings of the audit will be compared against the monthly recycling numbers.
Where: University Hall; James Stukel Towers; Student Center East; and the College of Medicine/Clinical Sciences Building
What: After collecting the garbage Thursday, all bags would be tagged to show the building they came from, and then delivered to a staging area at the West Dock and driveway of the 608 building (Science and Engineering Labs West) on Taylor Street just east of Morgan Street.
Also, at 4:00 pm, the trash would be re-bagged and could then be picked up by drivers to put them back into the waste stream. We’ll put the paper and any bottles or cans into recycling totes.
For this we need as many volunteers as we can get.
Extra: The volunteers involved in handling bags and/or sorting work will receive a brief safety training and will be equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment for the task they are assigned. A training has been set up with Rich Anderson, Director of the Environmental Health and Safety Office on Tuesday, October 18th, 10:00 am in the Paulina Street Building, 1140 S. Paulina, 2nd floor EHSO conference room. If you are unable to make this meeting, those who receive training will perform onsite training prior to any volunteer handling trash.
Please contact Joe Iosbaker if you are able to volunteer and to give your hours of availability.