Document: How much are you paying for monthly hauling fees? How much garbage do you currently generate?
Observe: What are people throwing in trash versus recycling bins? How long does it take the cleaning service to empty the wastebaskets every night?
Count: Exactly how many wastebaskets are in the building?
Ask questions: How does the entire process work now?
Darien had over 80 wastebaskets and recycling bins- each emptied every night.
Discovered that the cleaning staff put EVERYTHING except cardboard in the garbage, regardless of receptacle.
People put everything associated with lunch in the garbage, even if almost everything could be recycled.
Took a tour of our local recycling center– most people still know it as the Dump!
We were able to move from a 4-yard garbage dumpster to a 3-yard size for recycling and 3 “toter” bins for garbage.
Immediate projected savings of 15%.
Provided lunch from Panera and then demonstrated where each item should go.
Collected misc items from office trash for examples.
Answered questions specific to libraries: Can RFID tags be recycled? Damaged books? Pizza boxes?
Met with the owners of the company and discussed the plan.
They are now using us as the example for other buildings they service!
Created a list of common concepts and terms and translated them into Spanish.
Walked through the cleaning process the first two nights, explaining the changes.
Cleaning people are much happier! They spend less time with trashbags, can spend more time cleaning other areas.
Coincided with Earth Day week
Big signs, easy to read.
Test run for signs and decals that the Town will produce.
We didn’t create our own material, used what the Town developed.
Will have links to all checklists, flyers, good websites
Dust, debris, and other particles can collect in ventilation systems making your library less energy efficient.
A thorough, once-a-year cleaning from your local HVAC expert will save in electricity, gas, and money.
Bonus: patron with seasonal allergies will thank you!
Offer a space for patrons to properly recycle used TVs, broken laptops, old cellphones, and batteries.
These items often fill-up landfills and can be extremely harmful to the environment.
1. Become a Sustainable Superhero
How to transition to Single Stream
Recycling (and seven awesome
Rhode Island Library Association
June 3, 2014
Darien Library (CT)
The New Darien Library
3.  Geothermal heating and cooling
 Natural, local materials
 Non-toxic materials
 Natural lighting
 Biofiltration of storm water
 Site irrigation from geothermal wells
 Detention of all storm water on site
 Saves 48% of the energy of a similarly sized
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
U. S. Green Building Council
4. 5 years later…
How are we doing?
5. Darien Library
goes single stream
6. RILA extends an invitation…
“We are particularly interested in
hearing about your
green library renovations.”
7. A former Board member,
a high school student,
and a librarian join forces
The E Team
8. Ten steps to Single Stream Recycling
9. Can’t cost more than we are paying now.
Who will train the staff?
How will we educate the public?
Who will train cleaning crew?
Who will lead the project?
What is holding us back?
10. Step 1: Get a baseline
11. Step 2: Trash Audit
Count wastebaskets and
Public space and staff
space have different needs
What are people throwing
12. Step 3: Meet your trash hauler
• Work with your trash hauler and town
recycling center to learn best practices
• Is your trash dumpster too big?
• Negotiate price
13. Step 4: Train library staff
Lunch and learn!
Find a leader in every department
14. Step 5: Train cleaning staff
Translate phrases into Spanish
Walk through the process side-by-
15. Step 6: Educate the public through
Save Time! Save Money!
Save the Planet!
Single stream recycling can do it all!
Sunday, April 27
16. Step 7: Inform the public every day
Clear signage on all waste bins
Flyers and handouts
Links on your website
17. Step 8: Highlight Green features
in your library
If you’ve got it,
18. Step 9: Spread the word
Break down your process into
simple steps that can be used by
other local businesses and
19. Step 10: Celebrate Earth Day
Continue the celebration year-round!
programming ideas to
living in your community.
29. Image Credits
•Supergirl by Flickr user Bart
•Earth and America from Space by Flickr user IronRodArt
•Green Operations Building, White Rock, B.C. by Flickr user colros
•Stonledge Farms CSA by Flickr user smith_cl9
•Endless Bicycles by Flickr user moarplease
•Homemade Toothpaste by Flickr user Earthworm
•The Benjamin Bangle by Flickr user misskoco
•Atomic Egg Beater Clock by Flickr user sassycrafter
•The Gardens at Great Dixter by Flickr user UGArdener
•HVAC by Flickr user Curtisperry
•Old Broken TV by Flickr user schmilblick
•2008.11.05 by Flickr user adrianclarkmbbs