A Success Story: Virginia Beach City Public Schools Recycling Program Recycling Committee School Recycling Workshop July 17, 2008, Washington, DC
John Barnes, Administrator, Waste Management Division, Department of Public Works, City of Virginia Beach John Kalocay, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Support Services Dr. Eric Hines, Director, Office of Custodial Services Tim Cole, Sustainable Schools Project Manager, and Jay Ratliff, Director, Food Services
TFC Recycling1958 Diamond Hill RoadChesapeake, VA 23324757.543.5766tfcrecycling.com
4 MRFs and operations; 3 in VA, 1 in NC In 2006, TFC installed a new, state-of-the-art “single-stream” MRF in Chesapeake, VA. MRF processes more than 40 tons per hour of commingled recyclables. Curbside recycling for 700,000+ households Serve more than 500 businesses & institutions TFC Recycling
TFC RecyclingVirginia Programs • Accomack/Northampton Counties (Eastern Shore) • Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) • City of Newport News • City of Norfolk • City of Virginia Beach • Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) • Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) • Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA)
TFC RecyclingNorth Carolina Programs • Alamance County Municipalities – Burlington, Elon College, Gibsonville, Graham, Green Level and Haw River • City of Durham • County of Durham • Perquimans, Chowan and Gates Counties (PCG) • Town of Edenton • Town of Duck and Town of Southern Shores
Most populous city in VA • 500,000 population • 40th largest city in U.S. • Best known as major resort • 38 miles of beaches • 4 military bases • 120,000+ households • State-of-the-art curbside recycling service
3rd largest school system in Virginia • 38th largest school division in U.S. • 71,000 students • 88 schools and specialty centers • 57 elementary schools • 15 middle schools • 11 high schools and a number of • secondary/post-secondary specialty centers
TFC Recycling& Virginia Beach City Public Schools – A Winning Combination August 2006 – VBCPS School District announces a new, comprehensive system-wide recycling program as part of a larger environmental initiative –Commingled Recycling in all classrooms, offices and cafeterias.
What are they doing? Classrooms and Offices Each of the division’s 5,000 classrooms and offices is equipped with a 28 quart-size recycling bin
VBCPSRECYCLES! • Paper - white and colored, catalogs, magazines, newspapers and junk mail • Cardboard / paperboard • All Plastic Bottles (#1 and #2) juice and milk containers “chugs” and soda and water bottles • Glass containers - glass jars • Cans – aluminum and steel
Green News Virginia Beach City Public Schools Volume 1 , Issue 1 Sustainable Schools Newsletter Fall 2006 • Fall 2006, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) goes Green with its first publication of Green News. • Green News is a newsletter produced by the school division that focuses on educating and inspiring school employees to become better stewards of the environment. http://www.vbschools.com/online_pubs/greennews/2008/winter_2008.pdf
Who recycles ? • students • teachers • office personnel • custodians and • food service staff
VBCPS In school year 2005-2006, replaced cardboard containers with plastic milk “chugs.” The HDPE plastic (#2) “chug” is recyclable!
District of Excellence in Child Nutrition by the School Nutrition Association Served 8.5 million meals during 2006-2007 school year Choice of milk served with all complete meals; Low fat Chocolate, Strawberry, White and Skim White
VBCPS uses Clear Stream® Containers in the cafeterias to collect “chugs” – more than 800,000 per month!
How are materials consolidated from the classrooms and cafeterias in the school?
Who incurs the cost of the service? Virginia Beach City Public Schools ↕ City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Division
City of Virginia Beach Public Schools Recyclables – Processed Tons • SY 03-04 479 Tons (cardboard/paper) • SY 04-05 509 Tons (cardboard/paper) • SY 05-06 812 Tons* “pilot-program” • SY 06-07 1,247 Tons • SY 07-08 1,372 Tons Source: Monthly reports submitted by TFC Recycling. Tons are total materials Weights collected from single-stream recycling containers.
How do you measure success? More than 1,350 tons of recyclables collected in less than 10 months, + “making a difference” with many environmental savings!
TFC Recycling& Virginia Beach City Public Schools– A Winning Combination May 2007 Virginia Beach City Public Schools receive the 2007 Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) Award for Excellence in the Government/Non-profit category.