Recyclemania

  • UIC Goes Gorilla

    UIC is Going Gorilla from Sunday, February 1st to Saturday, March 28th as part of RecycleMania 2015, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

    The competition is organized around ten distinct categories; seven of these categories form the classic eight week tournament where schools report their weights and updated results are presented weekly. The Gorilla Prize category recognizes schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard and bottle and cans regardless of campus population. Winners of this competition are typically large universities with extensive recycling program.

    UIC’s goal for RecycleMania 2015 is to place in the Top 5 in the Gorilla category and we cannot do it without your help! In February and March, please make a special effort to recycle your waste. By properly recycling your paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans, your efforts will place UIC in the Top 5 in the Gorilla category.

    UIC’s goal for RecycleMania 2015 is to place in the Top 5 in the Gorilla category.

    Why is UIC obsessed with going Gorilla in 2015?  We’re happy you asked!  In 2014 UIC was en route to placing in the Top 5 of the Gorilla category.  Victory was in reach and then there was snow; so much snow.

    In 2014 Chicago had its coldest winter in the City’s recorded history.  Chicago was in a melee with snow, ice, and frighteningly frigid temperatures.  Winter 2014 became known as alternately as Snowmageddon or Chiberia.

    At UIC the 15 weeks of snow along with the pesky polar vortex stole any hope of us achieving our goal of placing in the Top 5 of the Gorilla category as the folks who tirelessly drive the vehicles responsible for recycling are the same folks who fearlessly drive the vehicles in charge of snow removal.  While safety and snow removal come first, UIC was not able to fully participate in ReycleMania 2014 fun.

    In 2015 UIC will not let the weather gods rob us again and we are determined to place in the Top 5 in the Gorilla category. But, we cannot do it without your help!  In February and March, please make a special effort to recycle your waste.  The more waste we are able to divert from a landfill, the better.  By properly recycling your paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans, your efforts will place UIC in the Top 5 in the Gorilla category.  #UICGoesGorilla

    Get your recycle on and let’s Go Gorilla!

     

    Contact:  Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-2517 iosbaker@uic.edu

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.

  • Between March 9 - 13, UIC volunteers were on the prowl to catch people doing good by recycling and reducing waste. This year, we looked for folks drinking from reuasable water bottles and coffee mugs. We even had our UIC Recyclemania mascot on hand, Hashtag UIC Goes Gorilla (or "Hashtag" for short) to help you get #CaughtGreenHanded! Check out more pics on Instagram!

    For Recyclemania 2015, we rewarded you for doing your part in reducing waste. Between Monday, March 9, 2015 – Friday, March 13, 2015, volunteers saw folks using their reusable water bottles/ coffee mugs. and they rewarded you with a sticker! Some of you posted a selfie with your sticker to Instagram with the phrase, “I got #CaughtGreenHanded by @SustainableUIC during #Recyclemania2015” and were entered into a drawing for a $50 prize!*

    Volunteer Rules

    Interested in volunteering to catch people green handed? When you catch them, give them a sticker (available to take for free at Campus Program in room 340 SCE) and take a picture of yourself and the person you caught and post the pic to Instagram with the same phrase, “I got #CaughtGreenHanded by @SustainableUIC during #Recyclemania2015″to be entered into a separate drawing for another $50 prize!*

    Sign up today by emailing sustainability@uic.edu!

    Complete Rules:

    1. As you walk around campus March 9-13, you can catch people green handed if you see them using a reusable water bottle or travel coffee mug (like these) and enter that person, as well as yourself, into a contest for a $50 prize*!
    2. You may catch people “incognito” or you can tweet your location. Just say something like, “I’ll be catching you green handed in Lecture Center A1 at 3pm today @SustainableUIC” (make sure to include “@SustainableUIC so we can retweet!
    3. You hand them a sticker and tell them they are caught green handed! Tell them this is for Recyclemania and that UIC is trying to break into the top 5 of the gorilla category! We are competing against 335 other schools and are currently in 26th Recyclemania ends 3/28/15.
    4. You can pick up your Caught Green Handed packet at Campus Programs – 340 Student Center East – anytime this week between 9am-4:30pm
    5. They can be entered into a drawing to win a $50 prize if they upload a pic to Instagram. They should take a picture with their sticker and water bottle and upload it to Instagram, and use this phrase in the photo description, “I got #CaughtGreenHanded by @SustainableUIC during #Recyclemania2015
    6. You (our wonderful volunteer!) will be entered into a separate drawing for another $50 prize if you upload a selfie with the person you caught green handed! Just use the ket terms #CaughtGreenHanded, @SustainableUIC, #Recyclemania2015, and upload it to Instagram!

    *Prize will have the value of 50 USD and will not be a cash prize.

    Contact:  Lisa Sanzenbacher, Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-3043 lsanze1@uic.edu 

    CaughtGreenHanded

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.

     

  • BSW Awards

    As part of the national RecycleMania 2015 competition that we compete in annually, we are honoring Building Service Workers (BSWs).  A fillable PDF form for managers or co-workers to use to nominate a BSW as a RecycleMania 2015 superstar is available by writing Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, at iosbaker@uic.edu.

    As the Recycling Program at UIC has become a part of their job, more BSWs are taking ownership and pride in their efforts.

    Here are some of the work habits of superstar BSWs as strategic partners for the Recycling Program:

    BSWs should know their roles – and the roles of others

    Office Staff

    The Recycling Program has a role for everyone. Office staff are to sort and empty their own desk side waste and recyclables.

    • BSWs do not empty any trash or recycling containers within office spaces.
    • Office staff should correctly prepare cardboard. The cardboard should be flattened and placed behind the hallway bins.
      • If the boxes are not flattened, then BSWs should do it, of course, otherwise dock space will become unmanageable.

    If office staff don’t know their roles, the BSW should notify their supervisor to inform the Office of Sustainability.

    Laboratory Personnel

    BSWs must still go inside of laboratories and/or clinics and empty the trash, bio hazardous waste, and/or boxes of broken glass, as long as the box is secure and nothing is sticking out.

    Pipette tip boxes are collected in the 35 gallon wire frame containers. BSWs should tie off the bag once it becomes about 50% ‐ 75% full (or whenever you are able to comfortably lift the bag) and take to loading dock and place in blue tote with other glass/metal/plastic recycling.

    BSWs and Hallway Bins

    BSWs are expected to pull bags from the hallway bins – non-recyclable waste (landfill) every day, recyclables as needed – and take these to the proper 95 gallon totes for recyclables, dumpster for cardboard or compactor for trash. The green totes for paper and blue totes for bottles/cans are usually on the dock, where they are picked up by the Recycling Drivers.

    • Be on the lookout for contamination. Use the 10% rule. If there’s less than 10% garbage in a bag of paper, bottles/cans, or pipette tip boxes, it’s acceptable. If it’s more than 10%, it’s all trash.
      • If there are problems with contamination in a department or a building, the BSW should notify their supervisor to inform the Office of Sustainability.
    • Hallway bins are mostly in sets of three. The tops and the bins should match. BSWs should make the switch if there’s a mismatch.

    Recycling Drivers

    If the green and blue totes are full and aren’t picked up in a timely way, the BSW should notify their supervisor to inform the Office of Sustainability.

    RecycleMania 2015 continues through March, so we’ll collect the nominations in the first week of April and announce the winners as part of Earth Month (AKA April).  Winners will receive gift certificates for Café Descartes.  Yum!

     

    Contact:  Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-2517 iosbaker@uic.edu

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.

  • Green Tote Parade

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    Green Tote Parade in UIC’s Division of Plastic Surgery during RecycleMania 2015.

    Schedule a Green Tote Parade during March as part of RecycleMania 2015!

    UIC is one of hundreds of schools nationally taking part in a competition to promote recycling – RecycleMania 2015 – and, historically, we are among the best!  In the Gorilla Prize category for total weight of recyclables, UIC placed sixth in 2013.

    Help us break into the Top 5 in the Gorilla category in 2015!

    Is your department planning any office clean outs? Now’s the time!  #SpringCleaning  Contact us at Recycling@uic.edu and we’ll schedule the Recycling Drivers to arrive with Green Totes to take away any paper, including files, journals, hardbound books, and newspaper. Up to 10% of the load can be cardboard.  However, if you have more cardboard, flatten it and have your Building Service Worker (BSW) take it to the dock/dumpster behind your building.

    This combo of cleaning, Green Totes, and excitement are the ingredients of a Green Tote Parade.  

    What’s a Green Tote, you ask? In this video, explaining the basics of UIC’s Recycling Program, you can see two of the Recycling Drivers on the paper recycling truck moving Green Totes out of a building at 2:23.

    http://sustainability.uic.edu/campus-resources/recycling-waste-minimization/#HowRecyclingWorksatUIC

    By scheduling an office clean out/Green Tote Parade in March, the added weight of paper could push us into the fifth position in the Gorilla category – or even higher!

    You fill ‘em, they tote ‘em!

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    Joe Iosbaker with Green Totes

     

    Contact:  Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-2517 iosbaker@uic.edu

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.

  • Displaying Recyclable Materials from SCE Food Vendors

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    Student Centers and Office of Sustainability partnered up for RecycleMania 2015.

    Student Centers and Office of Sustainability Partner for RecycleMania 2015!

    Joe Iosbaker worked with Eric Simon, Executive Director, Student Centers, to highlight the recyclable materials sold by the independent food vendors located in the Inner Circle in Student Center East (SCE).

    Large 3-D visual displays were custom-made to show which materials from SCE food vendors are recyclable (“Recycle It!”) and which materials should be trashed.

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    “Recycle It!” display designed by Alexandra Shock.

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    “Trash Please!” display designed by Alexandra Shock.

    Contact:  Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-2517 iosbaker@uic.edu

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.

  • UIC’s Participation in RecycleMania 2015

    Every month, UIC throws out on average over 100 tons of recyclable materials, including 60 tons of cardboard, with the trash. Had individuals chosen to place this cardboard in recycling bins, it would mean a significant cost-savings!

    Through participating in Recyclemania, the Office of Sustainability hopes to increase the awareness of the recycling program at UIC, and to ultimately reduce the waste generated on campus by recycling more materials.

     

    Contact:  Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-2517 iosbaker@uic.edu

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.

  • The History of ReycleMania

    RecycleMania began in February 2001 when Ed Newman (Ohio University) and Stacey Edmonds (Miami University) decided that something was needed to increase recycling in the residence and dinning halls on their campuses – the idea for RecycleMania was born! During the competition Miami U and Ohio U went head to head to see who could recycle the most. The first year Miami U took home the trophy with 41.2 lbs of material recycled per student. RecycleMania has since been gaining more and more momentum (approximately doubling participation each year).

    RecycleMania has grown to a large and friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.

    The main goal of this event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds. RecycleMania provides many ways to gain recognition, including RecycleMania trophies, awards, and participant certificates. In the end, RecycleMania helps all participating colleges and universities make achievements in recycling and waste reduction!

     

    Contact:  Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-2517 iosbaker@uic.edu

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.

  • Current Ranking

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    2014

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    2015

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    Grand Champion 73% 67% 50%
    Per Capita Classic 85% 83% 80%
    Gorilla 98% 97% 93%
    Waste Minimization N/A N/A 31%
    Paper 90% 93% 89%
    Cardboard 87% 91% 80%
    Bottles & Cans 19% 50% 25%
    Food Service Organics 22% 30% 13%
    Electronics (pounds per capita) NA 49% 61%
    Electronics (total weight) NA 78% 83%
    Waste Minimization (pounds per person) established by adding recyclables plus trash and dividing by total of students & employees.  21.03 18.91 18.47

     

    Our recycling program continues to be a leader in the country, but the months of February and March are really challenging for us due to snow removal and university priority commitments.  

    The highlights of Recyclemania 2015 are the improvement in our standing the E-waste (aka electronics recycling) category.  

    In any competition, we always want to do our personal best. In this regard, perhaps the best measure of our success is our Waste Minimization status. In 2013, we had a weight of 21.03 lbs per person, then in 2014, we dropped to 18.91 lbs per person and then in 2015 we reduced it even more to 18.47 pounds per person!

     

    Contact:  Joe Iosbaker, Recycling Coordinator, Office of Sustainability 312-996-2517 iosbaker@uic.edu

    #UICGoesGorilla

    Warning:  Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during February and March.