CPCC Recycling Updates

 

GCA Services is committed to increasing CPCC’s recycling and waste diversion rate. They recently held a recycling poster contest for their housekeeping staff and distributed personally written recycling messages to building Dual waste-recycle basketsoccupants where their staff works.  Continue to watch for more great things from GCA housekeeping staff in the future.

Some facts about CPCC’s COLOR – CODED  RECYCLING:

  • GCA housekeeping staff uses color-coded collection bags to separate trash from recycling.
  • Recycling baskets usually do not have liners because they are not recyclable.

RECYCLING RECEPTACLE                TRASH RECEPTACLE

RECEPTACLE COLOR            blue                             usually tan or black

PLASTIC LINER                       none                            black

GCA COLLECTION BAG        clear                            black

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY!

Thank you all for your recycling – CPCC has doubled its waste diversion in the past three years.

If you have any questions-comments-suggestions, contact Pam Metcalf, CPCC director of Energy and Sustainability, at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu or at ext. 6079.

What Kind of a World Do You Want Your Children and Grandchildren to Inherit?

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.landfills

Top 10 reasons to recycle:

  1. Good for our economy
  2. Creates jobs
  3. Reduces waste
  4. Good for the environment
  5. Saves energy
  6. Preserves landfill space
  7. Prevents global warming
  8. Reduces water pollution
  9. Protects wildlife
  10. Creates new demand

References:

http://www.starkstate.edu/green/reasons-to-recycle

https://ecocycle.org/files/pdfs/EcoCycleTenReasons.pdf

https://enlightenme.com/top-10-recycle/

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO RECYCLING, SAVING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY!

CPCC’s Director of Energy and Sustainability, Pamela Metcalf, is engaged in facilities efficiency, sustainability and energy awareness.  If you have suggestions, they can be emailed to Pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

Don’t Blow Your Top, Recycle It

We all know the importance of recycling and the benefits it can have on our environment and now we can add one more item to the list, bottle and jar tops. That’s right, caps and lids can stay, but the containers should be empty and dry.

Until now, bottle caps and jar lids were placed in the trash for a variety of reasons; the recycling center does not accept them, they are made from a different type of plastic than the bottles themselves and could contaminate an entire batch of plastic if mixed in when being recycled, the processing equipment used could not separate the tops and lids from other types of plastic, and if left on the bottle, the tops could pop off creating a safety concern.

But now, we found that in the curbside recycling system we use, it’s ok for caps and lids to “ride along” in the recycling process. So, don’t blow your top, instead place it back on the empty, dry container to be recycled.

More information about recycling is available here. 

The Importance of Recycling Paper

Every ton of paper recycled: think green tree

  • Keeps 17 trees growing and providing oxygen to the earth
  • Conserves enough electricity to power two apartments for one year
  • Conserves enough drinking water for 30 people for one year
  • Saves 7,000 gallons of water
  • Saves 380 gallons of oil
  • Saves enough electricity to power an average house for six months.

(Data by Chris Jordan, 2010)

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO SAVING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY!

If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, energy and environmental manager, at 704.330.6079.

 

Participate in America Recycles Day – Nov. 15

America Recycles Day is a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB). It recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and america recyclesrecycling – every day – all throughout the year. It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.

Each fall, thousands of communities across the country participate in ARD to promote environmental citizenship and encourage action. Through ARD, KAB, along with its affiliates and partners, inspires communities to directly engage their residents to recycle more and recycle right 365 days a year.

http://americarecyclesday.org/

Use CPCC’s recycling receptacles that are located throughout the college.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact CPCC’s Energy and Environmental Manager Pam Metcalf at 704.330.6079 or at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

Would You Rather Pay $9 or $39?

Should CPCC pay $9 to recycle a ton of paper or $39 to have it go to the landfill? 

CPCC pays $9 each time a recycling dumpster is emptied (whether full or not) but for “trash”, CPCC pays the same $9 PLUS a $30/ton “tipping fee.”

A 2012 Mecklenburg County study determined that paper and food are the largest component of CPCC’s waste stream. Paper recycling is mandated by the County; failure to comply can result in fines for CPCC.

CPCC recycles all the same items as you recycle in your homes if you live in Mecklenburg County. Please dispose of these items in the designated recycling receptacles.

Doesn’t it make good economic sense for CPCC to increase recycling and decrease trash?

 

Recycling at CPCC

It’s EASY to recycle at CPCC if YOU make the RIGHT decision when you see these two receptacles:

 

CPCC has provided baskets for both trash and recycling. Usually located side-by-side for easy use and correct use. Please keep the “trash” out of the recycling basket, and the recycling out the “trash.” Signs in the room detail what is and is not recyclable.

Facilities Services’ recycling goal is 35%; we are currently at 27.2%.  The cost of recycling is ¼ that of trash disposal. Help CPCC to contain costs and be more environmentally sustainable.

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY!

If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, CPCC energy and environmental manager, at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu or at ext. 6079.

Please Help Increase Recycling

CPCC has provided baskets for both trash and recycling. Usually located side-by-side for easy use and correct use. Please keep the “trash” out of the recycling basket, and the recycling out the “trash.” Signs in the room detail what is and is not recyclable.

Facilities Services’ recycling goal is 35%; we are currently at 27.2%.  The cost of recycling is ¼ that of trash disposal. Help CPCC to contain costs and be more environmentally sustainable.

CPCC IS COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY!

If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, CPCC energy and environmental manager, at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu or at ext. 6079.