Building Best Recycling Practices on Campus
Residence Hall Recycling
- Residence Hall recycling among various partners has introduced room-by-room dormitory recycling to the F.I.T. campus. The Florida Tech Residence Hall Association, in partnership with the Student Organization for Sustainability Action (SOSA) and other organizations and individuals started a pilot residence hall recycling program in Harris Village in Fall 2012.
Seven gallon recycling bins, acquired by SOSA with funding support from Siemens and Waste Management were distributed by Harris Village Resident Assistants to interested participants in the pilot program. The pilot program has paved the way for implementation in other residence halls. In 2013, work is underway to extend the program into the Residential Quad and will be extended to other residential halls in 2014. Estimated Residential Quad unit breakdowns are in the adjacent table.
E-waste Recycling at Florida Tech
- Electronic waste is a growing challenge as technology becomes more and more a part of our lives. There are also excellent opportunities to divert these toxic materials away from landfills. Florida Tech Property Administration, in partnership with Tech Support, has a program that allows for sustainable disposal of almost any electronic item. A convenient one-pager explains everything – consult this E-Cycling Guide to recycle almost anything electronic.
Computers must first go to Tech Support to remove all information on the hard drives; once the hard drives are “wiped” they also go to Property Administration This program is also available for items that faculty, staff and students bring from home!
For more information
Property Administration (Shipping & Receiving) (321-674-7225)
Tech Support (321-674-7284)
Office Workspace Recycling
- Workspace recycling provides opportunities to increase recycling volumes in individual faculty and staff offices, as well as high-traffic areas in academic, dining, and administrative buildings. After a successful pilot study in the College of Science, office workspace recycling is being implemented campus-wide to further increase recycling opportunities while increasing the total volume of items diverted from landfills.Our easy-to-use Office Recycling Guide can be very helpful when deciding which items go into blue or brown waste bins.
- Participating office users are provided free, 7 gallon blue bins with easily-interpreted information identifying acceptable materials. The bins are delivered by student volunteers upon email request. The campus janitorial services have offered their full support by removing recycled materials daily in a parallel stream separate from waste to eliminate cross contamination. Office workspace recycling is a key to increasing recycling participation across campus – at the desks where faculty, staff and students spend most of our days.
Landscape Recycling using GIS Software
- The F.I.T. campus is known for its beautiful landscape that blends architecture, infrastructure, and the environment (Strategic Plan, 2013). However, the distribution of waste and recycle bins across the campus landscape can be optimized. Clusters of waste bins are sometimes located in high traffic areas, whereas recycle bins can be difficult to locate. This limits the volume that students and faculty can recycle.
- The SOSA Recycling and the Digital Campus Team are working together to map the distribution of recycling bins in spatially explicit manners using ArcGIS software. The location and volume details of each bin are being recording using GPS datapoints to assist in allocating bins to optimal sites. This will make it more convenient for all on campus to correctly process waste and recyclables, and decreases the amount of contamination in the recycling stream.