Don't forget to recycle
Some schools and businesses have seen their recycling programs flourish after a bit of hard work. Who are those proactive schools, agencies, and businesses leading the way in our community? How do they manage their programs? What have they encountered along the way in implementing this type of program? In each edition, read success stories from agencies, schools, and businesses worth praising for their recycling and environmental efforts in our community.
In this edition, we feature Texas A&M International University, where we interviewed Hector J. Hi, the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator.
When did you officially begin recycling?
The University has had a recycling program since moving to the new campus in 1995. The University signed a sustainability agreement to move us toward a green campus designation. We currently recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, light bulbs, scrap metal, batteries, and HVAC condensate. We have also committed to building our new facilities to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards.
When were the containers placed for the recycling program?
In 2009, the City of Laredo Recycling Division proposed several options to increase the recycling effort at the University. The University purchased four 8-yard, front-load containers designated for the collection of recycling materials only and placed them at strategic locations within the campus.
Who manages the program internally?
The recycling program is managed through the Environmental Health and Safety Department, which is part of the Physical Plant.
Have you reduced the amount of trash? Have you seen a difference?
Yes, more paper is recycled now.
How has your program helped people to understand that recycling DOES make a difference?
We have advertised the program and have made students, faculty, and staff aware of it.
What incentives do you give students to recycle?
We offer clubs the opportunity to collect recyclable materials, which they can sell and claim any proceeds for their club.