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Reuse on Campus. The University of Vermont Solid Waste & Recycling Physical Plant Department. Reuse Can Be Simple . Inter-office mailing envelopes. Don’t Forget the Small Stuff. Reusable CUPPS = “Can’t Use Paper, Plastic or Styrofoam” Cups. Two Reuse Programs at UVM.

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Reuse on campus

Reuse on Campus

The University of Vermont

Solid Waste & Recycling

Physical Plant Department


Reuse can be simple

Reuse Can Be Simple

  • Inter-office mailing envelopes


Don t forget the small stuff

Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

  • Reusable CUPPS = “Can’t Use Paper, Plastic or Styrofoam” Cups


Two reuse programs at uvm

Two Reuse Programs at UVM

  • Office Supply Collection And Reuse (OSCAR)

  • Student Move-Out Week


Setting up an office supply exchange program

Setting Up an Office Supply Exchange Program

  • Location

  • Name for Program

  • Organization & Upkeep

  • Marketing

  • Feedback & Measuring Results

Elements for a Successful Program:


Find a convenient location

Find a convenient location.

e.g., OSCAR room at UVM is centrally located in Campus Student Center. Easy walk for most staff.


A name for the program

A name for the program.

e.g., OSCAR is catchy; easy to remember.


Organization and upkeep

Organization and upkeep

OSCAR is a “self-serve” operation. Staff can drop off or pick up free items.


Marketing the program

Marketing the program

  • Initial postcard sent to clerical and administrative staff.

  • Periodic e-mail reminders to business managers list.

  • Staff newsletter.

  • Word of mouth.

  • Table at Purchasing supplies “expo.”

  • Link off recycling website.


Feedback measuring results

Feedback & Measuring Results

OSCAR users are asked to fill out a log book.

  • Did you Drop Off or Pick Up Items?

  • What Items?

  • Approximate Value of Items?

  • How did you hear about OSCAR?

  • Will you use OSCAR again?


Results

Results

  • 150 staff members, departments and offices have used OSCAR.

  • $2,500- $3,000 saved in office supply purchases in two years.

  • Tangible way to promote reuse “ethic” on campus.


Student move out week

Student Move-Out Week

  • An effort to collect reusable items that students would have thrown away, and donate them directly to local non-profit organizations.


3 categories of reusables are collected from inside each hall

3 Categories of reusables are collected from inside each hall

  • Clothing

  • Food & Toiletries

  • Small Household Items.


325 bags were collected by uvm recycling staff over the course of a week

325 bags were collected by UVM Recycling Staff over the course of a week.


Bagged items were taken to a central location

Bagged items were taken to a central location


Non profit groups picked up items from central location

Non-profit groups picked up items from central location.


12 area non profits participated

12 area non-profits participated.


Working with local non profits

Working With Local Non-Profits

  • Contact them way in advance.

  • Be clear about expectations.

  • Written agreement or commitment.

  • Provide them with a good map of your campus.

  • Have them pick up from one location, if possible.


Working with residential life staff

Working with Residential Life Staff

  • Get collection areas set up early.

  • Agree on roles and expectations, put in writing.

  • Agree on rules for staff scavenging.

  • Frequent collection to minimize mess.


The bigger challenge bulky waste

The Bigger Challenge: Bulky Waste


Scavenging of loft wood is most successful

Scavenging of loft wood is most successful.


But unfortunately recycling staff must pickup all by end of each day

But, unfortunately, recycling staff must pickup all by end of each day.


Promoting the program to students

Promoting the Program to Students

  • Clear labels and signs:“tie shoes together” “no perishables”“no opened packages”

  • Posters, table tents in dining halls, RA newsletters, bulletin boards

  • Collection boxes in prominent locations.


In one week

In One Week….

  • Items were given directly to 12 non-profit groups in the area.

  • 3 tons of clothing

  • 2 tons of food & toiletries

  • 1 ton of small household items

  • 6.5 tons of loft wood recycled

  • 4 tons of furniture reused

    BUT…..

  • 27 tons of couches still got trashed


Challenges

Challenges

  • Additional labor needed for the week.

  • We are expected to clear outdoor sites 24 hrs/day.

  • Arson

  • Most couches are in very poor condition; no reuse value.


Reuse on campus

For more info:University of VermontRecycling & Solid WasteErica Spiegel(802) [email protected]/recycle


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