Western aligns recycling guidelines with London
By Brandon Watson
September 24, 2009
"There's never been a better time than right now."
At least that's how Physical Plant's Waste/Recycling
Supervisor, Jim Galbraith feels about recycling at Western.
Moreover, he hopes the rest of the campus community feels that way,
"We can't stress enough the importance of user participation
for our recycling program to be a success," says Galbraith. "Even
if we had blue bins every 10 feet, without a change in recycling
habits, our program would still continue to underachieve."
To help facilitate that community support, Physical Plant took
steps this summer to bring about changes to the program.
In May, Physical Plant signed a new recycling management
contract with BFI Canada Ltd. The mandate of the new service
contract is to align Western's recycling program with that of the
city of London.
Now, anything that you put to the blue bin for your weekly
curbside pick-up is accepted in the Western blue bins. In the past,
when the programs didn't align, there was confusion because the
city would accept some items that the campus blue bins did not.
That confusion is now eliminated. Anything you would recycle at
home can be tossed into the appropriate blue bin on campus.
The infrastructure has improved. There are now more blue bins
on campus and in more exterior locations. Each container sports new
signage, too. The "Co-Mingled Beverage" blue bin, features a
graphic indicating which types of plastics, aluminum and cartons
are accepted in the bin. Similarly, the "Co-mingled Paper" blue bin
has a graphic label of accepted material on top.
Waste containers are also being outfitted with a sign that
simply reads: 'Waste Only, Think Green'. Galbraith expects that
concise message is enough to remind users that their empty can or
carton is better off in the blue bin.
To bring everything under one roof, Physical Plant has also
developed an online recycling resource. Visitors to the site can
access video about recycling at Western, download the official
poster, view recommended links, and more.
With traffic and feedback, the site will soon include an FAQ
section and customer polling/results.
"There is no doubt that people are proud to be a part of
Western and that translates to wanting to do what's best for campus
and its reputation," says Galbraith. "It may take some time to tap
in to campus recycling habits, but I am confident these changes to
our recycling program will be enough to encourage that support."
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