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Integrated Waste Reduction and Recycling Partnership Programs

BFI
Galveston Partners In Composting
UTMB's Fleet Services
UTMB's Facilities Maintenance
Aluminum Can Recycling

BFI
In October 1998, The Recycling Task Force started a partnership with Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) to handle all of our paper/cardboard recycling operations from the point of pickup at our docks to delivery at the recycle barn. The labor intensive sorting of paper into four grades was modified into two grades, mixed paper and cold corrugated cardboard (OCC). Our volume is steadily increasing and we continue to receive a monthly rebate check. This would not be possible without proper education for our employees and the support of our contract environmental services department which is Sodexho, who are responsible for getting the bags of paper (“BAGIT” system) and flattened cardboard down to the docks for pickup by BFI. UTMB provides BFI with office space for their on-site Recycling and Waste Stream Coordinator. BFI also handles all of our solid waste in dumpsters at a capitated rate. Since increases in recycling result in less solid waste, there is incentive for BFI to increase UTMB recycling volumes by reducing solid waste. In the last twelve months total solid waste going to the landfill has decreased by 19%. In the past year, we have recycled 1,673,020 pounds of paper/cardboard, in addition to the other added savings in trees, fuel, electricity, water, landfill space, and tipping fees. In an effort to maximize the volume of recyclable materials and minimize the volume of trash generated on campus, we expanded the program to include UTMB general contractors by accommodating the removal of demolition/construction debris. A vital component of this program’s success is the intense onsite management of all outgoing municipal solid waste.

Galveston Partners in Composting
We are continuing with our ten-year-old “Galveston Partners in Composting” program. This is a partnership with UTMB, the City of Galveston and Moody Gardens. We began with a $100,000 grant from Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to purchase a tub grinder and convert the three entities’ landscape debris, broken/odd size pallets, Christmas trees, and horse bedding into a mulch or compost. We no longer have the expense of purchasing mulch for our campus and the surplus mulch is made available free to our employees. BFI handles the transportation of our landscape debris/pallets to the compost site in a 30 yard open top dumpster. They also bring back 30 yards of the finished product for use on our campus. In the past year, the Partners have diverted 967 tons of raw organic matter to our composting operation. It has been ground into a reusable resource and has replenished our Galveston soils with 1,000 tons of compost or mulch annually.

UTMB's Fleet Services
UTBM’s Fleet Services has partnered with the University’s recycling program by initiating vendor contracts to insure recycling of used materials generated from campus vehicle maintenance. In the last year they recycled: 145 tires, 1,035 gallons of motor oil, 420 oil filters, and 42 lead acid batteries. Fleet Services has also retrofitted approximately 100 vehicles to alternative fuel systems that use propane, which comprises about one third of the University’s fleet.

UTMB's Facilities Maintenance
Facilities maintenance programs have partnered with environmental health and safety to assist with latex paint redistribution as opposed to costly disposal. This year we recycled 884 gallons of excess paint to our employees. Other recycling activities initiated from our campus include off-site recipients. This year’s recycling includes 89 tons of mixed metals that come from broken equipment and demolition debris, 2,850 toner cartridges and 245 ink jet cartridges.

Aluminum Can Recycling
A survey of aluminum can recycling at our campus estimated that 80% of the cans were collected and recycled by either staff or individual departments. With this in mind we only focus on the collection of aluminum cans at our special events. We also have hundreds of collection points on campus for the collection of pull-tabs for donation to the Ronald McDonald House at UTMB. In the last twelve months 8,000 pounds of pull-tabs have generated $2,500 dollars for this charity. It’s hard to believe that we assisted in collection of more than four tons of those tiny pull-tabs. That’s a lot of soft drinks.
 

 

Date Posted: 07/25/2008

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