Morgan White and Marya Ryan had a phone call with Monica Miller of the Division of Research Safety (DRS) and Shantanu Pai. F&S is working with DRS to ensure that labs/facilities participating in the glove recycling program are employing best safety practices to prevent biohazards and dangerous chemicals from entering the recycling stream. Ryan has emails out to participating labs to gather lab names, room numbers, and PI contact information so that F&S can start assessing any additional instructions, training, or other program components that will support safe practices.
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Projects Updates for place: Ikenberry Commons / SDRP
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The glove recycling trailer was moved to a different location at the Physical Plant Services Building during the summer of 2018. Marya Ryan sent a map showing the new location to all departments participating in the glove recycling program on August 14, 2018. The information on the iCAP portal page was also updated to reflect the change.
When the glove recycling storage container is full, Housing Food Stores Operations Manager Michael Olinger contacts Kimberly-Clark. Kimberly-Clark then comes to campus and loads the pallets of gloves into a truck to recycle them.
Several locations that have been participating in glove recycling were missing from the project locations map. Marya Ryan added them on July 29. They are Florida Avenue Residence Halls, Ikenberry Commons, Illinois Street Residence Halls, Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls, and Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls.
La Casa Cultural Latina is joining the glove recycling program. As of July 2018, they are in the process of obtaining a bin for collection at their site. The site has been added to the project locations map.
A web form is now available for departments to use when signing up to participate in the glove recycling program. Program participation instructions on the iCAP web page for the program have been updated to include the link. The form is to be used instead of emailing the zero-waste coordinator directly.
The location to drop off gloves at the Physical Plant Services Building (PPSB) changed in the summer of 2018. The map showing the location was updated accordingly. It is still at PPSB but in a slightly different location there.
In July 2018, BER student volunteers identified contacts for about 15 departments that purchase significant quantities of nitrile gloves but do not currenty participate in the glove recycling program. In the fall, volunteers will follow up with the contacts to inquire about interest in participation.
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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Lance Schideman, Morgan White, Linhan Yang, Manying Zhang, and Kulsoom Abbas met to discuss progress on the projections of total food waste by building on campus. We will adjust the total estimated, based on population changes over the course of the year.
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.
Kimberly-Clark reported the following waste diversion statistics related to the glove recycling program:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: 3,000 lbs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Illinois Chemistry Department: 440 lbs
The time frame was not included in the report. Additional information will be sought.
Matt Turino at the Sustainable Student Farm provided this overview of the food waste handling / transportation related to the Vermicompost project.
"So we only collected Pre-consumer waste from Busey-Evans so only the things that were cut off the usuable parts of vegetables and fruits. We had special 30 gallon trash cans that only existed in the kitchen of the Busey-Evans so there was almost never other kinds of trash. If we saw some while handling we would remove it but we did not need to sort it.
We had no packaging or animal products in the compost.
We used a pick up truck to transport the containers and we did not have a good way to load these. We often had to lift 50-90 lb trash containers up into the truck bed, and us not having the correct equipment contributed to it not being a sustainable program for us. The waste was extremely wet and so something that made it tricky to handle and and to transport. We were using leaves from U of I landscaping for the Brown material.
I did not track the cost of our transportation because we would often drop our produce off and pick up the waste on the same trip. We were driving a pickup truck about 3 miles per trip 2-3 times a week. We were picking up between 60-100 gallons of food waste per week during the semester.
Also we were using a vermi-compost unit which was not the most effective system for this, if you wanted to do a composting set up I would recommend a larger windrow set up."
- Associated Project(s):Attached Files:
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.