UICycle- You and I ReCycle: Blog 1

Project Title: UICycle ( You and I Recycle)welcomeback

 

Project Timeline:

September/ October: Notification of receiving of award funding

November:

  • 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.

Project Description:

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.

References:

https://www.google.com/search?q=sustainability+at+uic&client=safari&channel=iphone_bm&biw=1280&bih=648&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwigp9K-kIXPAhWDOSYKHWGTDykQ_AUIBygC#imgrc=PLnrrmXWDTm–M%3A (Image)

https://www.republicservices.com/residents/all-in-one-recycling?k_clickid=006409d1-22c7-8da9-c218-00003026cc60&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=recycling&utm_content=Solution%20Types%3ERecycling-General%3EExact&utm_campaign=A05Midwest_BU315%3ENon-Brand_Residential

https://sustainability.uic.edu

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2 thoughts on “UICycle- You and I ReCycle: Blog 1

  1. I think this is a great idea, and one that could have a huge impact on waste on campus! Its troubling to me that there are already not large recycling bins on every floor. One thing to consider is adding some sort of educational signage about the importance of separating recyclables and ensuring there is no food or liquid contaminates in the bins. This is a short article about the harm of contaminates and “wishful recycling”. http://now.howstuffworks.com/2016/08/05/three-big-mistakes-we-make-recycling
    Another thing to consider in cutting down on the expense of the pick-up cost, is to use student volunteers or even student workers or interns. The office of sustainability has interns that may be able to help, as well as “eco-educator” volunteers. Maybe even consider having volunteers come to speak at dorm orientation or in the first weeks of classes to speak to students about the benefits of recycling and how to correctly separate.

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  2. This is similar to my idea of having chutes in the residence halls. In both of our plans, it would be great to spread awareness of the new recycling options so I think it would be a good idea to reach out to the RA’s at the beginning of the year and make sure they pass on the emphasis of recycling to the students on their floor.

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