Project Title: UICycle ( You and I Recycle)
September/ October: Notification of receiving of award funding
- Conduct a student/staff efficiency survey: How will adding additional recycle bins benefit them?
- Determine the number of bins needed
- The most beneficial placement for the bins
December: Contact desirable waste companies for bidding quotes on recycling bins
January: Receive and accept a final quote from waste company.
February: Place bins in the predetermined locations, and set up initial plan (with individuals overseeing location site) for emptying each bin.
Ongoing: Make sure students/staff are aware of this amenity. Periodically check-in to see that bins are being emptied on correct days. Also, prepare a presentation (of guidelines) for new student orientations.
The goal of this project is to make recycling more readily available for the campus residence hall students. Last year, the Sustainability Fee was able to begin this process by funding small recycle bins for all of the dorms. They were also able to supply small recycle centers throughout the outer region of the buildings. However, there is no place for students to empty their recycle bins once full. The recycle centers are helpful but, not easily accessible, which may be an inconvenience for students. Some students may feel taking the extra step to recycle is too time-consuming. Separating the items and having to put them into the appropriate slot; unfortunately this is not something that students want to take the time to do. This project would place large recycle bins within the residence halls in multiple locations making it very simple for students to do their part and recycle. This project would benefit students and faculty while upholding the three pillars of sustainability, (economic, social, and environment).
Preliminary Project Budget:
The average cost of the large recycle bin is approximately $100, and the goal would be to have (at least) one on every residence hall floor. Pick-up service is a little bit more expensive than a usual cost since UIC is such a large campus and there would be so many bins to empty. The University would also be in charge of hiring one person from each residence hall staff to remove the bins from the dorms and take them downstairs to be picked up by the selected company. Overall, this project would cost approximately $10,000 to set up, but once the bins are purchased; the only cost is pick-up.