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Keeping Kendall Green green

November 15, 2010
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One of the best kept secrets at Gallaudet has been its commitment to recycling and the University’s quest to be environmentally conscious, as witnessed through the daily practices of the Facilities Department. 

A good example is the Grounds Department.  It has been 75 percent organic for almost a decade, well in front of the trend and popularity of going “green.” The Custodial and Maintenance departments have followed suit in ways that allow them to be environmentally responsible and still provide the exceptional service the community is accustomed to.

When it comes to recycling, Gallaudet is no different. Most members of the campus community probably don’t realize that for the past six years, anything they place in a clear plastic trash bag on campus is recycled.

What Gallaudet implements is a streamlined program, where refuse is separated into two categories.  One category is food and paper waste from restrooms, and is indentified by black bags on campus.  Everything else goes into clear bags.  This mix of trash and recyclables is then taken to a processing station, where the refuse is placed on conveyer belts. Processing plant workers check each line to assure that the proper refuse is in its correct place.  So there are checks and balances to assure that Gallaudet staff, students, and visitors are recycling. 

The next stage is the sorting, where non-recyclables are taken to their proper place and the recyclables are… well, recycled. 

Facilities has developed a short video of the process. Please take some time to view the production. 

Let’s work together in striving for a greener Gallaudet.

Note: Instead of the contact email given in the video, please contact Janna DiBiase, director of sustainability for the Student Body Government, with any questions about the recycling program.

-Carlos Navas, manager, Grounds Services

 

15 November 2010

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