Garrand Building Waste Audit 2.21.07 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% Non-Recyclable Trash Recyclable Under Current Program Compostable Materials 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Trash Paper Non-Recyclable Waste= products for which no recycling exists: Styrofoam coffee cups, Styrofoam and plastic take out food containers, non-paper food packaging Recyclable Under Current Program= All materials currently recycled: paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, yogurt containers, glass bottles, milk and juice cartons, aluminum and tin cans Compostable Materials= Paper plates, paper and waxed coffee cups, napkins and paper towels Trash: The Garrand Building’s trash bags (both desk side and kitchen) contained an overwhelming amount of recyclable material (50%) and an equally large amount of compostable material (43%). The majority of the trash was composed of recyclable paper. This includes computer paper, junk mail, books, information pamphlets, cardboard mailers, cardboard food packaging, etc. The next largest component of trash was compostable materials. This includes paper and waxed coffee cups, paper plates, towels and napkins, food waste and coffee grounds. Proposed Plans: 1. There is a reason for a large amount of recyclable paper in the trash bins, and perhaps a solution for improving the recycling rate of Garrand. Are there simply not enough paper bins? Are they poorly labeled or located in inconvenient areas? Due to the overwhelming amount of paper found in the garbage, I propose to research the building and implement a plan to improve the recycling rate. 2. Set up a food waste and paper composting collection bin in the building. This would include a composting bin in the kitchen to begin, an Eco Representative to explain the benefits and logistics of the project, in addition to willing and able employees in the building. Composting requires zero contamination, and the Eco Rep would be in charge of monitoring the bin, as well as emptying it in the Clean Green collection bin behind the new Fine Arts building. Paper Recycling: As the graph shows, the paper recycling bins were composed of paper (95%). This is excellent, and yet confusing. As the trash graph indicates, half of the waste was composed of paper and other recyclable materials. This means that although there is a paper recycling bin in Garrand, which is frequently used, desk side trash bins are continually filled with recyclable paper.