Tools for a Campus Zero Waste Kit College & University Recycling Council National Recycling Coalition 15 July 2008 Webinar Rob Gogan Recycling and Waste Manager Harvard University Operations Services 175 North Harvard Street Allston, MA 02134 firstname.lastname@example.org www.uos.harvard.edu/fmo/recycling/
Diversity of campus activities …research-related, including laboratories, museums, theaters and clinics… Residential, including dormitories, dining and athletics… …academic or administrative, including classrooms, libraries and support services.
“What gets measured, gets managed”… So what are our measures in tracking progress? …and what tools do we use to collect data about our refuse?
Scales: How much does our trash weigh? • Truck scale at trash or recycling tip site • Built-in axle scale on collection vehicle • Food scales for waste audits • Spring scales for bag weights • Volume-to-weight conversion ratios for bag counts, container assessments (e.g. cubic yards)
Sorting and weighing what could have been recycled • Recyclables in Harvard’s trash (2007 undergraduate waste audit): • 21% recyclable paper & cardboard • 12% dry weight bottles & cans (24% undrained) • 30% compostables (coffee grounds, food) • 4% reusables (clothing, books) • 21% “Real” trash residues (foams, films, personal hygiene materials) • #1 item by volume: paper towels
Spectacles 1: What do you see in our trash? • Take a look and have others look too • “Dumpster Dives” • Procurement patterns • Delivery trucks • Custodians, food services workers, landscape services workers • Trash collection drivers
Spectacles 2: Public events drawing attention to recycling & waste reduction • Refresh the message with new language, current lingo • Give members of the campus community the opportunity to re-dedicate themselves towards efficiency, recycling and thrift • Keep it simple, make it fun • Media-worthy, photogenic, dates, names and numbers
Mount Trashmore on America Recycles Day: one day’s trash from Harvard Yard One year’s worth of John Harvard’s trash
HARVARD RULES IVIES in 2008 RecycleMania! • Per Capita • Recycling • Princeton • HARVARD • Yale • Dartmouth • Brown • UPenn • Columbia • Cornell • Waste • Minimization • UPenn • HARVARD • Brown • Princeton • Yale • Dartmouth • Columbia • Cornell “Gorilla Prize” For Tons Recycled HARVARD UPenn Yale Princeton Dartmouth Brown Columbia Cornell For more information, see RecycleMania website: www.recyclemaniacs.org/results.aspx
Links: What partnerships can we make? • Contractors: incentivizing waste reduction by paying for trash by the ton • Environmental interest groups • Green Teams • Vendors • Non-profit groups
Environmental Action Committee Weekly Surplus Distribution in Allston Harvard Habitat for Humanity’s “Stuff Sale” Dorm furniture to Nicaragua via IRN
Eco-Rep Programs link students, residence life, waste management, operations, and dining personnel Pictured above: Harvard’s 2006-7 REPs. Read about Harvard’s Resource Efficiency Program (REP) http://www.greencampus.harvard.edu/rep/index.php
Targets: Conveying waste reduction goals to a broad audience • “50% recycling rate by ’05” • “25% Recycled paper procurement by 2000” • “Zero waste 2020 vision” • “Watch your Waist/Waste: discard less than you weigh this year” • “Under 100 kg/trash per capita by 2010” • Beat Yale in RecycleMania!
When we reached 50% in ’07: “Halfway to Zero Waste party” with picture cake (zero waste utensils, reusable mug gifts) 50% by ’05: Waxing half-moon logo for Multi-bag high-rise door hanger recycling bags. Implied ultimate target: full moon/full recycling/ zero waste
HARVARD RECYCLES 50% --Half way to Zero Waste
Use ALL the tools to get to Zero Waste • Scales • Spectacles • Links • Targets