Moravian College and Alvin H. Butz, Inc., construction manager of the new Hurd Integrated Living and Learning facility, recycled 255 tons of construction waste over the past year, keeping it out of landfills. But that's not all Moravian recycles, says Harold "Andy" Anderson, associate director of plant services: "People usually are surprised by how much we recycle—much of it behind the scenes."
What kinds of waste does Moravian recycle?
What about food waste?
How are the recyclable materials handled?
Most of the rest of the recycling is handled by Brian Smith, a facilities employee. Brian collects paper from academic and office buildings on a rotational basis, generally once a week. He also breaks down all cardboard boxes and packaging. He takes cardboard, paper (including paper for shredding), and other materials to the Bethlehem drop-off site four times per day, on average.
How can I find a recycling bin in my building? There is no master map currently, but we hope to have something to post on AMOS and/or inside each building by the start of the fall semester.
Why aren't there more bins for plastics and cans around campus? Simply put, we lack the funds to do more at this time. The outdoor bins are costly, up to $900 each. And adding more bins would increase the workload beyond what one person can handle. We are looking into adding bins sponsored by a vendor, such as Pepsi. Recycling is not free. Recycling a single 4-foot fluorescent tube, for instance, costs 24 cents—you can imagine how many of these alone the College goes through in a year. There is also a fee to recycle oil, ballasts, and Freon.