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Newton Public Schools Single Stream School Recycling Program NPS: Mike Cronin, Chief of Operations DPW: Courtney Forrester, Recycling Manager

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  • 1. Newton Public Schools Single StreamSchool Recycling Program NPS:Mike Cronin, Chief of Operations DPW:Courtney Forrester, Recycling Manager

2. Program Overview

  • Change in residential solid waste servicesautomated trash and single stream recycling in Fall 2009
  • Wanted to get all municipal buildings on board and enforce 1990 mandatory recycling ordinance
  • Enhanced existing school recycling programs

3. Program Overview

  • Expanded support from DPW.
  • Increased coordination between DPW and NPS.
  • Although the schools all receive the same service provision from NPS and the DPW, the logistics of collection of recyclables is up to each school.

4. Program Development:Exchanging Information

  • Recycling Memo to School Staff- to announce the development of the program, and roles and responsibilities
  • Survey of Existing School Recycling Processes to discover how materials were being collected
  • School Recycling Contacts each school was asked to identify a recycling point person

5. Program Development: Collecting Information

  • Survey of Existing School Recycling Processes(used Survey Monkey)
    • Who coordinates the recycling?
    • Are you a member of the MassDEP Green Team?
    • Are there problems with storage, pick-up, contamination, etc?
    • How can we best assist you?
    • Identify Individual School Recycling Contact

6. Program Implementation: Meeting with the Schools

  • Kick-Off Meetings
  • Individual School
    • Principal
    • Head Custodian
    • Teachers, Parents and/or Teams (at times)
  • City Support
    • DPW Recycling Manager
    • Representatives from NPS Operations Dept

7. Program Implementation: Meetings with all of the Schools

  • Content of meetings:
  • Explained program parameters and roll-out logistics.
  • Explored schools concerns.
  • Went over survey results.
  • Distributed educational and guidance materials.

8. Program Implementation:Distributing Educational Materials

  • Flyer with recycling guidelines
  • Recycling Tip Sheet How to Help Your School Recycle as Much as it Can!
  • Poster Program Kick-off

9. Program Implementation: Distributing Guidance Documents

  • RECYCLOPEDIA guidance on what to do with all other materials not accepted in the recycling program. Examples:
    • Hazardous and universal waste, including e-waste
    • Batteries
    • Books
    • Compost
    • Ink cartridges

10. Program Implementation: Posting Signage

  • Dumpster Stickers Provided by Waste Management; DPW & NPS Operations posted
  • Recycling Bin Labels DPW provided to schools and schools posted

11. Collection Logistics

  • Every class and office has a recycling bin next to their trash bin.
    • Logistics are different at each school
  • Custodians are responsible for:
    • getting the recyclables from the classroom/office (or central collection spots) to the dumpster,
    • putting the overflow from the dumpster into a wheeled cart,
    • If needed, on the scheduled residential pick-up day, setting out the overflow carts to the curb

12. Types of Containers

  • Recycling Bin- classroom and office collection (provided by NPS)
  • 30-Gallon Barrel with color coded top collection within the building (provided by NPS)
  • 64-Gallon Cart on Wheels overflow for storage outside the building (provided by DPW)
  • Dumpster- storage outside the building (provided by DPW)

13. Challenges:Misconceptions

  • Clearing up misconceptions:
    • Need to lift wheeled carts into dumpster
    • Carts are for use inside schools
    • Carts need to be stored inside
    • Need to rinse containers
    • Increased volume and weight
  • Goop and liquid getting on the bottom of the barrel, and getting on them when they pull them out of the barrel.

14. Challenges:Collecting Materials

  • Addressing Concerns:
    • Hauling recycling in building with no elevators
    • Milk cartons must be emptied
    • Worried about odors
    • Goop and liquid getting on the bottom of the barrel, and getting on the custodians when they pull them out of the barrel
  • .

15. Recycling Tonnages collected from Municipal Buildings (Mar 09 Feb 11) Overall, City trash has decreased over this time (6%); we do not separate out municipal trash from residential waste. 2009-----------------------------------------------2010------------------------------------------------------------------2011 16. Costs

  • DPWs budget pays for solid waste disposal at all municipal buildings, including schools
    • Schools do not pay separately
  • FY11 costs
  • Therefore, it is approximately $68/T cheaper to recycle

Trash Collection and Haul $1.83 Million (flat fee) Recycling Collection and Haul $1.55 Million (flat fee) Trash disposal fee $70.87/Ton Recycling disposal fee $2.50/Ton (market driven) 17. On-Going Support

  • DPW
    • TechnicalAssistance
    • School Team Training, as requested
    • Classroom Workshops and Lessons
  • NPS
    • Supply collection equipment
    • Addressing custodial issues

18. On-Going Information

  • Green Bin Newsletter a quarterly newsletter from the DPW Division of Environmental Affairs.
  • List-Serve with contacts in all of the schools, NPS Operations and the DPW.
  • Twitter information the DPW provides for residential recycling.

Green Bin Newsletter 19. For More Information

  • Mike Cronin
  • Chief of Operations
  • Newton Public Schools
  • [email_address]
  • 617.559.9000
  • Courtney Forrester
  • Recycling Manager
  • Newton Department of Public Works
  • [email_address]
  • 617.796.1471

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