Student volunteers from Business Environmental Responsibilities stepped forward over the winter to assist with outreach to departments that purchase nitrile gloves but are not yet participating in the glove recycling program. They now have a list of about a dozen departments that purchase large quantities of gloves. Over the summer, they will identify contacts within each department. In the fall, F&S will provide them with information and materials to send to interested departments, and they can start emailing and calling the departments.
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Projects Updates for Glove Recycling
- Associated Project(s):
On May 14, 2018, Marya Ryan added a PDF with instructions for program participants to drop off gloves at PPSB.
The Illinois Natural History Survey inquired about participating in the glove recycling program in April and agreed to be listed in the iCAP Portal as a participating location. They were added as a location on May 6, 2018.
Project team listed until Dec. 14, 2017:
- Jonathan McClintock, Kimberly-Clark
- Jordan Aderholdt, Fisher
- Marya Ryan
- Seth Rients
- Ken Merrill
- Olof Westerstahl
- Bart Bartels
Replaced Glove Bin Poster.pdf file of the glove bin sign with a newer version sent from Jonathan McClintock. The newer version (UIUC KC RIGHTSYCLE BIN SIGN.pdf) includes a campus logo.
Archived and replaced the following description on Dec. 10, 2017:
In lab buildings, protective gloves can be a major component of the waste stream. For example, at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), plastic gloves were found to be over 8% of their total waste by weight. There is a recycling program for nitrile gloves that can be purchased through Fisher Scientific, for Kimberely-Clark nitrile gloves. This program is being implemented at various locations across campus.
Having a resource to transport gloves from the locations where they are used to the centralized collection point (a trailer at the Physical Plant) would help boost participation in the glove recycling program. Staff and volunteer resources are being explored at present.
Content for an informational flier, web page, and signage to cooridnate and promote the Right Cycle program on campus is drafted and being reviewed.
Development of materials for units that want to participate in the campus glove recycling program is under way. The current plan is to provide a web page with information about the program, a web form for units to let F&S know of their participation, and links to signage and other informational materials.
- Associated Project(s):
Minutes from the Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling SWATeam on May 9, 2016. The meeting covered several topics, and was the last meeting with Bart Bartels in attendance.Attached Files:
As you may be aware, I am leaving the University at the end of the month. So I am providing you with a communication document about the Nitrile Glove Recycling Program, just to make sure everyone is on the same page. I am also including all contact information so if there are any questions, you know who to call. Please see the attached.
All the best,
The storage container has arrived, for collecting recyclable gloves from various places on campus. The SWATeam is working on spreading awareness of this program and implementation protocols.
Michael at Housing just got another Gaylord full of gloves ready to ship at dining services. Making the total pounds of gloves recycled at Dining to over 1000lbs in just four months!
Way to go all!!
Housing has been piloting the glove recycling program for about four weeks now. LAR, PRI, and MRL are all considering implementing the program. Kimberly-Clarke Professionals (KCP) is interested in potentially supporting an intern to help expand the program.
If everyone on campus recycled their KCP gloves it would be about 20 tons of landfill reduced.
Today recycling containers were placed on the trash bin at Ikenberry Commons. The purpose is to collect and recycle all the nitrile gloves used by food service employees. The weight of the gloves will be recorded to measure environmental impact.
ISTC now has a Bike Rack made out of recycled gloves on display in their atrium. This is an example of what can be created with the gloves recycled through the Kimberly-Clark glove recycling program.
The Nitrile Glove Recycling Program is an expansion of a preliminary pilot program performed by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). The initial pilot program collected gloves used in the laboratory setting in one central location. Gloves were collected from individual ISTC laboratories once a week into a larger collection container, and were stockpiled until there was sufficient volume to ship to the supplier. This project expands the pilot test to several more buildings on campus as a stepping stone to eventually serving the entire campus.
Blake Ashley from Kimberley Clark spoke with Shantanu Pai. Blake said they thought we are doing Labs, and Shantanu is going to work on implementing it at RAL, CLSL, and Housing. Tanya from Fisher is working with Shantanu on this project. RAL has a meeting being scheduled on June 23.
Shantanu Pai and Madeline (an ISTC intern) are taking over the implementation of the Nitrile Glove Recycling program at Housing Dining Services, after Seth Reints left the university. Shantanu has 24 containers that can hang on the edge of Dining's slim containers. Dawn Aubrey also needs containers that hang on the edge of the larger brute containers. Madeline has created a 3-D printed prototype, which will be sent to Shantanu's contact in Canada for replication.
Morgan provided Shantanu with the information that Seth had received or provided to SSC.