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DO A LITTLE RESEARCH
You must do a little research
before you propose a recy-
cling program to adminis-
trators. If you are an administrator,
there are things you'll want to
investigate before you implement a
recycling program at your school.
A simple audit form, partially completed, might look something like this:
Location (cu. yds.)
Date Total Office Corrugated Alum. Plastic
Contents1 Paper2 Cardboard3 Cans Bottles'
Level and Costs
Most school districts pay for waste
disposal based on volume-on how
much is thrown away. Before you
start recycling, it is important to
determine how much waste the
school generates and how much
money is spent on disposal. These
facts will give you a yardstick to
measure your waste reduction and
cost savings through recycling.
You will need to know:
+ The number and size(s) of your
outdoor trash container(s)
(measured in cubic yards).
+ The frequency of pickups.
+ The cost of disposal services
(for an outdoor container,
there is usually a monthly
rental fee plus a charge for
each pickup, or "pull").
Get help from your school
administration to access records
of waste-disposal-service levels
West side 10 9/7 60%
East side 8 9/7
Note: The Total Contents column indicates h
for each category of recyclable material show
each material makes up. Columns for recycle
'If containers are consistently less than half f
consider reducing the number or size of out
frequency of collections to reduce the cost of
pickups can be scheduled at the beginning a
tional disposal needs, rather than paying for
your recycling program is in place, you will n
size. This also could save you disposal cost.
2This category may include any kind of printi
newspapers, magazines, and shopping catal
in your area to find out which kinds of paper
3 Estimates should be based on the space occ
are calculating (and paying for) air space.
4 The most commonly recycled plastic bottles.
(PET, #1) and high-density polyethylene (HD
plastic a container is by looking at the botto
in your area to find out which kinds they acc
1/2 1/5 1/20 1/10 Conduct a "Waste Audit"
for Your Campus
By taking a look in your outdoor
trash containers, you can find out
(a) if your school is paying for
ow full the container is. The columns more disposal service than it
w what fraction of the Total Contents needs, and
able materials can be added or deleted (b) how much waste could be
reduced through a recycling
ull when they are picked up, you might program.
door trash containers, or reducing the Since waste volumes may vary
your school's disposal service. (Extra
nd end of each term to allow for excep- from day to day or week to week,
unused container space all year.) Once your informal audit should be con-
eed to reassess your needs for container ducted over a period of four to six
weeks, checking the outdoor con-
ng, writing, or copy paper, including tainers just before each scheduled
ogs. Check with paper recyclers collection, recording an estimate of
they accept and how much they how full the containers are, and
noting the amount of recyclable
upied by flattened boxes; otherwise, you materials they contain.
Keep in mind that illegal dump-
are polyethylene teraphthalate ing in outdoor trash containers
PE, #2).You can find out what kind of can be a problem. In other words
m. Check with plastics recyclers
ept and how much they are worth. people outside the school may
be dumping trash in the school's
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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Texas school recycling guide, book, July 2011; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth577058/m1/4/: accessed March 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.