Project Leads: Michal Shuldman, Theron Klos, Lisa Bauer
Sponsor: Campus Recycling & Refuse Services, Grounds Services
TGIF Grant: $55,000
Project Theme: Waste Reduction
2009 Application Submission
Project Description: This project will design, label, and install multi-material receptacles for collection and recycling of beverage containers, mixed paper, and landfill waste in multiple strategic outdoor campus locations.
Goals: Design and test new outdoor recycling bins that meet the aesthetic, functional, and ergonomic needs of the campus community. Conduct pre-implementation surveys that gain feedback on priority locations for recycling bins and measure the level of recycling knowledge and awareness that exists on campus. Measure and record campus diversion rates pre- and post-implementation of the project. Collaborate with Grounds Services and Campus Recycling and Refuse Services. Assist campus in reaching zero waste by 2020. Conduct post-implementation surveys to measure any improvement in recycling knowledge and awareness of the campus community. Make sure 100% of landfill receptacles have adjacent recycling receptacles to promote campus to sort their waste materials. With the installation of 75 new bins, we estimate a diversion rate of 136,500 lbs per year, a savings of 9964.5 kgCO2 per year.
TGIF Blog Posts about Recycling at Cal
|UC Berkeley Recycling Survey Results|
|Bin Design and Construction Drawings|
|Recycling Bin Designs Presentation|
Next Steps: Recycling at Cal will work with the manufacturer to create a physical prototype and finalize the bin designs. The project team will also hire GO! Team to conduct pre-implementation and post-implementation waste audits on Upper Sproul to determine the success of the new bins. The project team hopes to place the bin order in December 2011 and begin installation of the bins January/February 2012. Post-implementation, the project team and TGIF will collaborate with Campus recycling and Refuse Services to publicize the bins and educate the campus on waste reduction practices.
|Details from an Upper Sproul waste audit conducted by GO! Team|
The waste audit data shows that the majority of waste generated in Upper Sproul, about sixty percent, is compostable. However, Upper Sproul does not have a compost program in place. GO! Team recommended that a composting system be implemented due to the high waste diversion potential from the landfill stream. The GO! Team also observed that most of the waste streams are contaminated. The bottles and cans recycling is ninety-four percent contaminated by waste that should be in other bins, and the paper recycling is contaminated by forty-eight percent. The overall waste profile of Upper Sproul breaks down thus: 61.3% Compost, 22.2% paper, 10.5% landfill, and 6% bottles and cans. In addition to the recommendation for a composting program, a possible solution for addressing contamination would be to introduce new bins with better labeling. The current bins have labels that are difficult to read from far away and are not distinguishable aside from their labels. Introducing new bins that are visibly different and have clearer labels on them may help reduce contamination. A recycling awareness program for students may also be helpful in refreshing students' knowledge on the proper disposal of recyclables and may help facilitate better disposal.
Read the full report here.
|January 7, 2013 Facilities Services Announcement|
Over the next three months, new exterior trash/recycling/waste containers being installed throughout campus. The 225 new containers replace the existing concrete block trash cans, which will be recycled. The installation will take place in phases through March starting with areas near upper Sproul Plaza, Dwinelle, Wheeler, Doe and Moffitt Libraries, California Hall and Memorial Glade.
These new containers were specially designed for our campus with input from Physical Plant-Campus Services (PP-CS) staff and students and will serve as the campus standard for outdoor waste collection. The containers are designed to eliminate lifting injuries to staff that empty them; prevent rainwater collection; reduce any clutter of containers on campus; and restrict access pests have to trash. They are also designed to help the campus meet goals of zero waste of 2020 by having clearly marked separate sections for recycling, landfill and sometime in the future, compost.
Grants from campus programs The Green Initiative Fund and Be Smart About Safety funded design and production of the first set of containers. They will bring a uniformity of recycle/trash containers to campus that is aesthetically pleasing, ergonomically minded and functionally improved.
The new receptacles will be placed in strategic locations to be accessible and convenient for staff, students, faculty and the PP-CS gardeners who are responsible for emptying the containers. There will be fewer of them throughout campus because the new ones have almost 50% more capacity. Please help keep our campus clean by disposing of materials in the appropriate section of the new container.
The TGIF funded Waste Audit Team conducted a post-implementation waste audit of Upper Sproul October 20-24, 2013. The team surveyed 20 different stations consisting of 20 different bin configurations. In total, they surveyed:
*The majority of the bins on Upper Sproul are landfill, hence the discrepancy.