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  • Schools#1 Implementing Recycling Programs - Newton

    1. 1. Newton Public Schools Single Stream School Recycling Program NPS: Mike Cronin, Chief of Operations DPW: Courtney Forrester, Recycling Manager
    2. 2. Program Overview <ul><li>BACKGROUND: </li></ul><ul><li>Change in residential solid waste services  automated trash and single stream recycling in Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted to get all municipal buildings on board and enforce 1990 mandatory recycling ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced existing school recycling programs </li></ul>
    3. 3. Program Overview <ul><li>Expanded support from DPW. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased coordination between DPW and NPS. </li></ul><ul><li>Although the schools all receive the same service provision from NPS and the DPW, the logistics of collection of recyclables is up to each school. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Program Development: Exchanging Information <ul><li>Recycling Memo to School Staff - to announce the development of the program, and roles and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Survey of Existing School Recycling Processes – to discover how materials were being collected </li></ul><ul><li>School Recycling Contacts – each school was asked to identify a recycling point person </li></ul>
    5. 5. Program Development: Collecting Information <ul><li>Survey of Existing School Recycling Processes (used Survey Monkey) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who coordinates the recycling? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you a member of the MassDEP Green Team? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there problems with storage, pick-up, contamination, etc? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we best assist you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify Individual School Recycling Contact </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Program Implementation: Meeting with the Schools <ul><li>Kick-Off Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Individual School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Head Custodian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers, Parents and/or Teams (at times) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>City Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DPW Recycling Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representatives from NPS Operations Dept </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Program Implementation: Meetings with all of the Schools <ul><li>Content of meetings: </li></ul><ul><li>Explained program parameters and roll-out logistics. </li></ul><ul><li>Explored school’s concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>Went over survey results. </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed educational and guidance materials. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Program Implementation: Distributing Educational Materials <ul><li>Flyer – with recycling guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling Tip Sheet – How to Help Your School Recycle as Much as it Can! </li></ul><ul><li>Poster – Program Kick-off </li></ul>
    9. 9. Program Implementation: Distributing Guidance Documents <ul><li>RECYCLOPEDIA – guidance on what to do with all other materials not accepted in the recycling program. Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hazardous and universal waste, including e-waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Batteries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ink cartridges </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Program Implementation: Posting Signage <ul><li>Dumpster Stickers – Provided by Waste Management; DPW & NPS Operations posted </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling Bin Labels – DPW provided to schools and schools posted </li></ul>
    11. 11. Collection Logistics <ul><li>Every class and office has a recycling bin next to their trash bin. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Logistics are different at each school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Custodians are responsible for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>getting the recyclables from the classroom/office (or central collection spots) to the dumpster, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>putting the overflow from the dumpster into a wheeled cart, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If needed, on the scheduled residential pick-up day, setting out the overflow carts to the curb </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Types of Containers <ul><li>Recycling Bin - classroom and office collection (provided by NPS) </li></ul><ul><li>30-Gallon Barrel with color coded top – collection within the building (provided by NPS) </li></ul><ul><li>64-Gallon Cart on Wheels – overflow for storage outside the building (provided by DPW) </li></ul><ul><li>Dumpster - storage outside the building (provided by DPW) </li></ul>
    13. 13. Challenges: Misconceptions <ul><li>Clearing up misconceptions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to lift wheeled carts into dumpster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carts are for use inside schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carts need to be stored inside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to rinse containers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased volume and weight </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goop and liquid getting on the bottom of the barrel, and getting on them when they pull them out of the barrel. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Challenges: Collecting Materials <ul><li>Addressing Concerns: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hauling recycling in building with no elevators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Milk cartons must be emptied </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worried about odors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goop and liquid getting on the bottom of the barrel, and getting on the custodians when they pull them out of the barrel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Recycling Tonnages collected from Municipal Buildings (Mar 09 – Feb 11) Overall, City trash has decreased over this time (6%); we do not separate out municipal trash from residential waste. 2009-----------------------------------------------2010------------------------------------------------------------------2011
    16. 16. Costs <ul><li>DPW’s budget pays for solid waste disposal at all municipal buildings, including schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools do not pay separately </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FY11 costs </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, it is approximately $68/T cheaper to recycle </li></ul>Trash Collection and Haul $1.83 Million (flat fee) Recycling Collection and Haul $1.55 Million (flat fee) Trash disposal fee $70.87/Ton Recycling disposal fee $2.50/Ton (market driven)
    17. 17. On-Going Support <ul><li>DPW </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Team Training, as requested </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Workshops and Lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NPS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supply collection equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing custodial issues </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. On-Going Information <ul><li>Green Bin Newsletter – a quarterly newsletter from the DPW Division of Environmental Affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>List-Serve – with contacts in all of the schools, NPS Operations and the DPW. </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter – information the DPW provides for residential recycling. </li></ul>Green Bin Newsletter
    19. 19. For More Information <ul><li>Mike Cronin </li></ul><ul><li>Chief of Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Newton Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>617.559.9000 </li></ul><ul><li>Courtney Forrester </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Newton Department of Public Works </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>617.796.1471 </li></ul>For More Information

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