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Economics of the 3 Rs - Marc Fournier, Lasell College



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Economics of the 3 Rs - Marc Fournier, Lasell College Economics of the 3 Rs - Marc Fournier, Lasell College Presentation Transcript

    • Marc Fournier
    • Assistant Director for Plant Operations & Sustainability, LEED AP
    • Saving money (over the long term)
    • Complying with Massachusetts Waste Ban and Universal Waste regulations
    • Conserving valuable natural resources
    • Employee motivation and OTJ satisfaction
    • Mitigating the effects of climate change for us and our kids
    • Doing the right thing
    • We are here to help you with your individual issues!
    • “ Waste Ban" regulations (310 CMR 19.017) prohibit Massachusetts solid waste management facilities from accepting the following recyclable and/or toxic items for disposal or transfer for disposal.
    • Construction & Demolition Materials: Asphalt Pavement, Brick, Concrete, Metal & Wood *
    • Cathode Ray Tubes
    • Glass Containers
    • Lead Acid Batteries
    • Leaves & Yard Wastes
    • Metal Containers
    • Recyclable Cardboard & Paper
    • Single Polymer Plastics
    • Whole Tires
    • White Goods (Large Appliances)
    • Universal Wastes covered in the Massachusetts Rule:
    • Hazardous batteries, primarily nickel cadmium (NiCd) and button batteries;
    • Mercury-containing devices, such as thermostats, manometers, switches, water meters, thermometers, and gauges;
    • Mercury-containing lamps, such as fluorescent lamps; and
    • Hazardous waste pesticides, e.g. mercury-based pesticides, arsenicals, and chlorinated pesticides; banned or suspended pesticides; pesticides subject to recall by the manufacturer or FIFRA; certain unused pesticides, and/or pesticides collected in a state-approved waste pesticide collection program.
    • No one size fits all: size, sectors, materials, geography
    • Small and medium businesses are underserved
    • Municipalities can play a role
    • Adjoining businesses
    • Private businesses & public entities (muni’s, state institutions, etc.)
    • Large & small businesses
    • Business recycling organizations: Center for Ecological Technology, IRN, etc.
    • Haulers/Recyclers
    • Business organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Lions Club
    • Piggy-backing off of existing business projects/programs
    • Personal relationships are so important!
    • Evaluate your current system (hauler name, contract details, service level, costs)
    • Identify who arranges for & pays for waste management services
    • Search for prospective partners in your building or local area
    • Perform a waste audit to determine type and quantity of recyclables that could be diverted
    • Indentify suitable collection areas at your business and nearby
    • Determine container, signage, and employee education needs
    • Identify an in-house leader
    • Identify and work with willing, enthusiastic haulers on source reduction/recycling/trash collection options
    • Perform due diligence regarding your recycler/hauler’s claims (beware the “Dirty MRF’s)
    • Monitor and make adjustments continuously, especially by reducing your trash collection services as recycling increases
    • In order of relative priority:
    • Cardboard
    • Mixed Paper
    • Bottles & Cans (aluminum, steel, plastic, & glass) – especially from food service operations
    • Organics
    • Universal wastes
    • Dual stream – where fiber and container streams are collected separately
    • Single stream – where fiber and container streams are collected together
    • There is still a vigorous debate ensuing about the merits and drawbacks of both systems, although the single stream train has left the station…
    • Resource Management (RM) compensates waste contractors based on performance in achieving waste reduction goals rather than the volume of waste disposed
    • RM aligns waste contractor incentives with the client’s recycling & waste reduction goals
    • Fosters innovative approaches that reduce the use of materials, lower waste, increase recycling, and lower costs
    • One example: sharing the revenue obtained from the sale of recyclables between the client and recycler/waste hauler
    • Access
    • Color coding
    • Labeling
    • Designed and constructed a new recycling and trash transfer site at Forest Suites at Lasell College
    • Resulted in greater efficiency, higher recycling rates, and improved working conditions for staff
    • Winslow boiler room used for storing electronics, toner cartridges, and electronic media for recycling
    • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. (RBRC) boxes placed in IT, Plant Operations, and the Bookstore for recycling rechargeable batteries
    • Karandon Garage at Lasell College converted from landscape storage to a recycling center for scrap metal, mercury containing products, paint, and other materials
    • Lasell College partnered with the Wellesley, MA Recycling & Disposal Facility 4.5 miles away to recycle scrap metal, cardboard, paint, air conditioners, tires, and other materials
    • The most important component – often forgotten
    • Monitor continuously
    • Translate into the languages used by your employees
    • Engage your employees in developing new systems
    • Many of them really want to do the right thing and will surprise you by helping create innovative ways to help out
    • Lasell College began purchasing remanufactured toner cartridges through New England Office Supplies
    • Instituted a blind program to purchase post-consumer recycled content copy paper
    • Savings from purchasing remanufactured toner cartridges used to offset higher recycled copy paper costs
    • New campus standard developed to print business cards on post-consumer recycled content paper and list it on our cards
    • Reusable totes and other containers
    • Donations of surplus food, furniture, appliances, equipment, etc.
    • Marc Fournier
    • Assistant Director for Plant Operations & Sustainability, LEED AP
    • Lasell College
    • 1844 Commonwealth Avenue
    • Newton, MA 02466
    • (617) 243-2291, (617) 721-0223 (cell)
    • [email_address]