There have been questions regarding the status of the Recycling Program at UMB, so here is an update on our efforts.
Recycling of many materials has continued uninterrupted throughout the construction activities at the north end of campus, but some recycling operations were suspended for a time. Construction of the Electrical Peaking Plant behind the Recycling Center on Saratoga Street disrupted access to the large shredding and baling equipment required to recycle high volumes of paper and cardboard, so recycling of those materials was disrupted starting in April 2017. However, recycling of paper and cardboard resumed during the first week of October. Recycling of compostable animal bedding also was disrupted for the same reasons, and this will be resumed by the end of October. Recycling of the following materials has continued without interruption:
- Glass/metal/plastics (bottles and cans)
- Batteries/ink cartridges
- Fluorescent lamps
- Confidential documents to be shredded
- Scrap metal
Sometime next year, the Recycling Center will be demolished to make room for a new building that will house a new Master Electrical Switching Station and a new Recycling Center. At that time, recycling of paper, cardboard, and compostable animal bedding will again be interrupted until construction is completed, a period of about one year.
Recycling at UMB is dual stream, which means cardboard and paper products are recycled separately from plastics, glass, and metal. Both of these types of recycling should be discarded in the waist-high blue containers located in common areas. These containers are labeled by which type of recycling they are intended for, and plastics/glass/metal containers also will have a plastic liner for containing small amounts of liquid. The Recycling Program also provides blue grocery baskets for recycling paper at your desk, and these are available by request (ext. 6-7570).
Paper can be any color, and we can recycle journals, newspaper, and frozen food boxes. We also recycle confidential documents from various departments by using large, slot-top carts that are exchanged upon request.
We cannot recycle most glass found in the labs, and we cannot recycle Styrofoam, plastic bags, or shrink wrap, but we can recycle most other commonly found plastic, glass, or metal. This includes soda cans and bottles, jelly jars, soup cans, aluminum foil, and the small plastic pipette tip holder boxes found in the labs.
Batteries, ink cartridges, and small electronics can be placed in the small blue buckets found in common areas. These are collected upon request as the buckets are filled.
Old electronics and lab equipment also can be recycled upon request, but an Excess Property Declaration form is required, and that can be downloaded here.
In other cases, we recycle large pieces of metal or metallic equipment as bulk scrap.
Fluorescent lamps also can be recycled. They are collected after they burn out and are shipped to a facility that captures the mercury in the bulbs before recycling the glass.
We hope you are excited and ready to participate! If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Operations and Maintenance service center at 410-706-7570. You also can find additional information on recycling and other sustainability efforts at the UMB Go Green website.
— Terence Morse, MS, Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities and Operations