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LEARNING TO LOVE THE SOLID WASTE ACT. E. Gifford Stack Solid Waste Bureau Outreach Section Manager New Mexico Environment Department 827-2653 [email protected] www.nmenv.state.nm.us/swb. In a June 29, 2006 letter sent to you:.

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Learning to love the solid waste act
LEARNING TOLOVE THE SOLID WASTE ACT

E. Gifford Stack

Solid Waste Bureau

Outreach Section Manager

New Mexico Environment Department

827-2653

[email protected]

www.nmenv.state.nm.us/swb


In a june 29 2006 letter sent to you
In a June 29, 2006 letter sent to you:

“The New Mexico Solid Waste Act … includes provisions … calling for post-secondary institutions in New Mexico to join with all other citizens and sectors in efforts to recycle valuable materials and reduce the waste stream….”


New mexico solid waste act nmsa 1978 74 9 1
New Mexico Solid Waste Act(NMSA 1978 74-9-1)

Overall goal:

“…to divert twenty-five percent of all solid waste from solid waste disposal facilities by July 1, 1995, and fifty percent of all solid waste by July 1, 2000….”


Each post secondary educational institution shall nmsa 74 9 16
Each post-secondary educational institution shall (NMSA 74-9-16):

  • Plan for waste reduction and recycling

  • Appoint a recycling coordinator

  • Implement waste reduction and recycling programs

  • Target high grade paper, corrugated cardboard, and glass

  • Compost organic waste

  • Educate students, faculty, and staff


Plan details
Plan details

  • Submit for approval to Secretary of General Services

  • Update biennially

  • Updates must be approved prior to adoption


Each central purchasing office shall nmsa 74 9 19
Each central purchasing office shall:(NMSA 74-9-19)

  • Establish specifications, policies and practices to buy recycled products

  • Offer a 5% price preference


Did you know
Did you know?

  • Over 75% of the nation’s colleges and universities recycle

  • The average campus recycles 22% of its waste

  • Many recycle over 40% of their waste


How to develop a recycling program
How to Develop a Recycling Program

Step 1: Seek Support For Recycling

Step 2: Research Campus Conditions

Step 3: Develop Scope and Scale

Step 4: Identify Markets

Step 5: Identify Program Goals

Step 6: Determine Funding Source





Indoor campus containers
*Indoor Campus Containers

For Beverage Containers





How to implement a recycling program
How to Implement a Recycling Program

Task 1: Create a Program Name and Logo

Task 2: Develop Support Network

Task 3:Establish Tasks and Timeline

Task 4: Set Up Recycling Collection Points

Task 5: Record Progress

Task 6: Encourage Waste Reduction



Signage for office paper
*Signagefor OfficePaper


*Signagefor

Dormitories


*Signagein

Spanish



Model recycling programs
Model Recycling Programs

  • University of New Mexico (UNM)

  • Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)


University of new mexico recycling program
University of New Mexico Recycling Program

  • Managed by Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs

  • 1 full-time recycling coordinator

  • 7 recycling technicians

  • Collaborates with Physical Plant and Housing Departments


Unm recycling
UNM Recycling

  • Started with paper



Unm recycling lessons learned
UNM RecyclingLessons Learned:

  • Advertise to campus community

  • Prove you are reliable

  • Communicating with customers is key to forgiveness

  • Best price for materials

  • Improving equipment and safety

  • Improving employee pride in work


Central new mexico community college recycling program
Central New Mexico Community CollegeRecycling Program

  • Advisory committee oversight

  • 1 full-time recycling coordinator

  • 6 recycling staff members

  • 3 collection vehicles


Cnm recycling
CNM Recycling

  • Surplus property for sale

  • Recycles

    white paper

    corrugated cardboard

    pallets

    aluminum

    other metals (iron/copper/steel)

    toner cartridges

    miscellaneous (vehicle motors)


Cnm recycling1
CNM Recycling

Annual Averages—1998 - 2005

  • Materials revenue of $23,000 per year

  • Recycled 30 tons of paper per year

  • 25% of white ledger purchased was recycled


Cnm recycling lessons learned
CNM RecyclingLessons Learned:

  • Establish centralized pick up locations

  • Set regular pick up schedules

  • Create recycling awareness

  • Get management support and sponsorship

  • Financially self-sufficient, not profitable

  • Portrays ‘green image’ to the community


Additional resources
Additional Resources

College and University Recycling Council

www.nrc-recycle.org/councils/CURC

New Mexico Recycling Coalition

www.recyclenewmexico.com


What to do next
What to do next?

  • Schedule campus one-on-one with SWB

  • Visit recycling campuses

  • Attend Recycling Facility Operator Certification course, December 5 - 7 in Santa Fe

  • Attend NMED College and University Recycling workshop in 2007

  • Attend the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit: Forging Solutions at Colleges and Universities, February 22-23, 2007 at University of Colorado at Boulder

  • Join the New Mexico Recycling Coalition


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