Moravian College and Moravian
Theological Seminary have won a Green Ribbon Award from the
city of Bethlehem for recycling efforts in 2004. The ribbon
was awarded by Mayor John Callahan ’91 at a ceremony
today. Doug Plotts, director of Facilities, thanks all the
staff members who help out with recycling efforts, especially
Bernie Benko, who dealt with the Bethlehem Recycling Center
and its log-in system.
“Well, who else?” says Bernie,
who joined the College staff in 2001. “I’m over
there at least twice a day, five days a week.”
Tom Marshall, director of the center, “is
quite impressed with the amount and frequency of our contributions,”
Marshall will visit campus in March to film
a short commercial about recycling in which the College will
be featured. We also will be spotlighted in the quarterly
recycling newsletter that goes to all
Barbara Schultz, assistant director of general
services in Facilities, compiled these lists of recycling
efforts and benefits:
• Dorms: recyclables and paper.
• Seminary housing: Widows’ House
recycles cans, bottles, glass, newspapers, cardboard. City
collects recyclables at houses on Main, Laurel, and West Greenwich
streets. Cardboard collected at dumpsters.
• Academic/administration buildings:
office paper, newspaper, cardboard.
• Campuswide cardboard salvage.
• Food Service: cardboard boxes.Events
in Johnston Hall and the ARC, cans and bottles.
• Furniture salvage: RePlace (Good
Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital) gets used office furniture,
classroom equipment, and year-end dorm cleanout.
• Appliances: All unrepairable appliances
are recycled through city center. Freon removed by College.
• Building supplies: metal piping, fencing,
• Paper: All sensitive records (payroll,
budget, financial aid, registrar, etc.) are shredded at recycling
center under secure conditions.
• Books: Reeves Library purges about
2,000 surplus books each year. “They got rid of 5,000
books last summer,” Bernie says.) Offered free to the
campus community, then taken to recyling center.
• Grounds debris: Twice weekly in spring
and fall, our trucks dump leaves, brush, tree limbs, grass
clippings at city compost center.
As one California third-grader wrote after a visit to the
Trash is good, trash is nice,
It’s anything but waste!
Trash is great, trash is a gift,
It’s full of food and paste!
-WILLIAM (COLIN) SHAKESPEARE
Test your knowledge of Moravian’s waste
management program. How many outdoor trash cans are there
on campus? How many dumpsters?
Cutbacks in dumpster costs. They are now emptied twice or three times a week instead of five times.
Savings of about $4,000 in trash costs annually.
Furniture and appliance storage costs reduced. Usable storage space freed up.
City and Good Shepherd's RePlace earn money from our discards.
We help preserve the environment.
We teach students, staff, faculty, and community to be responsible stewards of our natural and consumable resources.