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** Bag #9
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*** Office papers and bank statement missed (shred statement??)
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*** Broken glass should be wrapped for safety
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* '''Additional Notes'''
 
* '''Additional Notes'''

Revision as of 19:54, 20 April 2018

return to Labs Sessions - 2018

  • Trash Audit Design
    • Check current compliance levels
    • Analyze current waste stream content compared to what it was
    • Do per capita study compared to before, if possible - GET FROM MARTHA'S ENERGY TRACKING
    • Issue #1 - Lots of carry out cartons now - CONFIRMED STILL AN ISSUE
    • Issue #2 - Food left in fridge on Friday - CONFIRMED STILL AN ISSUE
    • Get historical data on trash weights recently; Google Docs has shared file with weights - TODAY 41 LBS FOR 9 DAYS (THURS - TO TODAY)
    • First audit was 11/4/2011
    • After Action: Talk to Recycle Here to solicit feedback on what we could do better or if anything new in the world of recycling - CAVE DAY; ASK MATT WHICH STREAMS HAVE THE MOST VALUE; METAL ALWAYS HIGH, CARDBOARD THOUGHT TO HAVE VALUE? PLASTICS TRACK THE VALUE OF OIL?
    • After Action: Drill down to hear what we do right/wrong once it gets to the sorting process or its final destination - update us on what helps and what doesn't - what ruins a stream or makes it unusable - CAVE DAY
  • Trash Audit Observations
    • Bag #1
      • When feminine products end up in paper towel recycle bag it has to be trashed
      • Too many paper towel bags to compost, so some get trashed
      • Wet paper towels become moldy if bags held for too long
    • Bag #2
      • Some plastic recyclables missed
      • Food containers from local vendors
    • Bag #3
      • One plastic cup missed
      • Styrofoam food containers from local vendors
    • Bag #4
      • Whole bagel
      • Vitamin Water bottle missed
      • Metal lid missed
    • Bag #5
      • Waste of a plastic trash bag; only a few items
      • Metal cap missed
    • Bag #6
      • Rubber bands thrown away could be reused
      • Plastic trash bag barely used - cleaner swaps out?
      • Metal tongs missed
      • Cardboard missed
      • Plastic lids missed
    • Bag #7
      • Stack of office papers missed
      • Paper towels missed
      • Glass bottle missed
    • Bag #8
      • Starbucks lid missed
      • Cardboard missed
      • Banana peels missed
      • Some food waste missed (grapes)
    • Bag #9
      • Office papers and bank statement missed (shred statement??)
      • Broken glass should be wrapped for safety
    • Bag #10
      • Overflow of paper towels
      • Some styrofoam food containers
  • Additional Notes
    • Sometimes has too much paper towel to compost; decision is made to trash excess.
    • Peggy had done complete clean out of kitchen the week of the audit (does about twice per year), hence the tongs.
    • Reminder: Good to opt out of catalogs and use online resources instead.
    • Thermal paper receipts are not recyclable.
  • Drill Down Questions
    • SOCCRA Web site has streams that are included but not how to prep the streams, if necessary. The following are questions related to what is acceptable:
    • How does the one stream recycling work basically? Overview - ASK MATT
    • Rinsing out container - how much is enough to make recycling okay? - WATER NEXUS; SALAD DRESSING AND GREASY STUFF SHOULD NOT GO DOWN THE DRAIN ANYWAY; SWIRL AND A DUMP WITH FINGER LOOSENING, THEN DON'T BOTHER - KIRSTEN; HELEN, DUMP, WIPE, RINSE, BIN; MICHIGAN HAS WATER, SO SOME RINSING OKAY; QUESTION IS HOW CLEAN DOES IT NEED TO BE?? jOSH; ASK MATT HOW CLEAN IT NEEDS TO BE FOR THE LAY PERSON
    • Debate - how much water usage to rinse is worthwhile? Michigan vs. other states
    • Mixed media cartons for creamer - lining in creamer, orange juice - wax on outside - can they be recycled? What happens to the stream if they are included? - ASK MATT HOW WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HANDLE INTERMITTENT SOME WAY? WILL GET TAKEN OUT OF THE STREAM IF PUT IN.
    • If container has number but cap doesn't and you leave cap on, does it impact? (NOTE: SOCCRA has cap bin and styrofoam repository now) - ASK MATT; DEPENDS ON WHO IS TAKING IT IN
    • Food absorbed cardboard - can it be recycled? - THROW IT OUT; IF SHREDDED YOU CAN COMPOST IT YOURSELF, OTHERWISE TAKES TOO LONG; CAN TAKE TOP OFF AND BURN BOTTOM AS FAKE LOG; PUT LINT IN MIDDLE AND IT GOES UP
    • Are there compostable garbage bags without extra heat needed to decompose? - ASK MATT
  • Other Notables
    • Different areas that don't recycle even now - apartments, multifamily, farming communities, some states? - IF THIS WAS A TYPICAL OFFICE BUILDING, COMPLIANCE WOULD BE MUCH LOWER, BUT THERE ARE SOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT COULD BE MADE/KEEP WORKING ON
    • Plasma gasification - look up Vienna tourist attraction
    • Methane reclaim
    • Solar gasification - use solar focus
  • Conclusions - Suggestions
    • Use kiddie pool or 3 mil plastic sheeting for next audit and store in basement
    • Note that thermal paper and carbon paper is not recyclable, which surprised most of us
    • Found some bank statements and other office papers that might have wanted to be shredded or at least put into recycle bins if not thought sensitive