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A Success Story: Virginia Beach City Public Schools Recycling Program

Recycling Committee

School Recycling Workshop

July 17, 2008, Washington, DC

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John Barnes, Administrator, Waste Management Division, Department of Public Works, City of Virginia Beach

John Kalocay, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Support Services

Dr. Eric Hines, Director, Office of Custodial Services

Tim Cole, Sustainable Schools Project Manager, and

Jay Ratliff, Director, Food Services

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TFC Recycling1958 Diamond Hill RoadChesapeake, VA 23324757.543.5766tfcrecycling.com

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4 MRFs and operations; 3 in VA, 1 in NC

In 2006, TFC installed a new, state-of-the-art “single-stream” MRF in Chesapeake, VA.

MRF processes more than 40 tons per hour of commingled recyclables.

Curbside recycling for 700,000+ households

Serve more than 500 businesses & institutions

TFC Recycling

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TFC RecyclingVirginia Programs

  • Accomack/Northampton Counties (Eastern Shore)

  • Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA)

  • City of Newport News

  • City of Norfolk

  • City of Virginia Beach

  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS)

  • Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA)

  • Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA)

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TFC RecyclingNorth Carolina Programs

  • Alamance County Municipalities –

    Burlington, Elon College, Gibsonville, Graham, Green Level

    and Haw River

  • City of Durham

  • County of Durham

  • Perquimans, Chowan and Gates Counties (PCG)

  • Town of Edenton

  • Town of Duck and Town of Southern Shores

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  • Most populous city in VA

  • 500,000 population

  • 40th largest city in U.S.

  • Best known as major resort

  • 38 miles of beaches

  • 4 military bases

  • 120,000+ households

  • State-of-the-art curbside recycling service

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  • 3rd largest school system in Virginia

  • 38th largest school division in U.S.

  • 71,000 students

  • 88 schools and specialty centers

    • 57 elementary schools

    • 15 middle schools

    • 11 high schools and a number of

    • secondary/post-secondary specialty centers

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TFC Recycling& Virginia Beach City Public Schools

– A Winning Combination

August 2006 –

VBCPS School District announces a new, comprehensive system-wide recycling program as part of a larger environmental initiative –Commingled Recycling in all classrooms, offices and cafeterias.

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What are they doing?

Classrooms and Offices

Each of the division’s

5,000 classrooms and

offices is equipped with a

28 quart-size recycling bin

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  • Paper - white and colored, catalogs, magazines, newspapers and junk mail

  • Cardboard / paperboard

  • All Plastic Bottles (#1 and #2)

    juice and milk containers “chugs” and soda and water bottles

  • Glass containers - glass jars

  • Cans – aluminum and steel

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Green News

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Volume 1 , Issue 1

Sustainable Schools Newsletter Fall 2006

  • Fall 2006, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) goes Green with its first publication of Green News.

  • Green News is a newsletter produced by the school division that focuses on educating and inspiring school employees to become better stewards of the environment. http://www.vbschools.com/online_pubs/greennews/2008/winter_2008.pdf

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Who recycles ?

  • students

  • teachers

  • office personnel

  • custodians and

  • food service staff

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In school year 2005-2006,

replaced cardboard

containers with plastic

milk “chugs.”

The HDPE plastic (#2)

“chug” is recyclable!

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District of Excellence in Child Nutrition

by the School Nutrition Association

Served 8.5 million meals during 2006-2007 school year

Choice of milk served with all complete meals;

Low fat Chocolate, Strawberry, White

and Skim White

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VBCPS uses Clear Stream®

Containers in the cafeterias to

collect “chugs” – more than

800,000 per month!

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How are materials consolidated from

the classrooms and cafeterias in the


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TFC RecyclingContainer

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Who collects the materials and wheredo the materials go from the school?

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Who incurs the cost of the service?

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

City of Virginia Beach

Waste Management Division

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City of Virginia Beach Public Schools Recyclables – Processed Tons

  • SY 03-04 479 Tons (cardboard/paper)

  • SY 04-05 509 Tons (cardboard/paper)

  • SY 05-06 812 Tons* “pilot-program”

  • SY 06-07 1,247 Tons

  • SY 07-08 1,372 Tons


    Monthly reports submitted by TFC Recycling. Tons are total materials

    Weights collected from single-stream recycling containers.

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How do you measure success?

More than 1,350 tons of

recyclables collected in less than

10 months, + “making a difference”

with many environmental savings!

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TFC Recycling& Virginia Beach City Public Schools– A Winning Combination

May 2007

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

receive the 2007 Virginia Recycling

Association (VRA) Award for Excellence

in the Government/Non-profit category.