Solid Waste Management
During the fall of 2008 semester, environmental science professer Peter Bower challenged the students in his Waste Management class to investigate Barnard's waste management systems. After completing their research, students made recommendations on how Barnard could improve their sustainable initiatives for solid waste.
Solid Waste Management Report, Page 40 of 62 • “Batteries Only” on battery buckets and “No Batteries” signs on trash bins to encourage proper disposal. • (LS) Columbia’s Environmental Health & Safety office has a well organized website, complete with an FAQ section that explicitly spells out what constitutes waste and how to dispose of it properly. The creation of a similar website for Barnard would help the campus become aware of proper disposal practices. • (SM) Stationary Disposal Can with labels and slots large/small enough for garbage that should be placed into it. One of the main problems that we have at Barnard is that garbage cans are not clearly labeled. For instance, many the paper recycle bins are only labeled on one side, and at times the labeled side is turned in, facing the wall – this is not effective. We will not have this problem if we can include stationary garbage bins that are well labeled. Slots that are big enough for the garbage that will go into them will also help. Better recycling will help Barnard to cut down on the amount of black bag waste we produce. An example of a stationary disposal can with well-labeled slots for each type of trash. • Sign Reads: We have decided to save the planet. Obviously we will require some help from You. Please help us by sorting your waste and placing it into the correct receptacle above. An example of a stationary disposal can for indoor use. Accessibility • (MM) Larger bins should be purchased for Hewitt and instead of having 1 of each, there should be two of each. This will make the process run smoother. Some people stop putting things in the right bins because it takes too long. • (MM) The universal recycling bins (such as the one in Lerner) should be in every dorm lobby. • (MM) All students should be provided with a small blue recycling bin for their room (aside from the small trash can). (At $10 a bin cost = ~$20,000) • (HMW) All Faculty members should be provided with a small blue recycling bin for their