|NIH Celebrates ‘America Recycles Day’ with Call for Volunteers
The Clinical Center south lobby saw green as NIH celebrated “America Recycles Day” on Nov. 15. “We need your help as environmental volunteers,” said Gareth Buckland, recycling coordinator in the Division of Environmental Protection. “If you have a certain recycling need in your workplace, you can be our eyes and ears; if there’s a change in our program, you can help relay it to your coworkers.” He shared these updates:
- To recycle cell phones and batteries, call Chemical Waste at (301) 496-4710. Place your items in a bag, box or other container and they’ll be picked up at your work station within 24 hours.
- Plastic cups, yogurt containers
and frozen entrée containers
can now be commingled and recycled along with plastic drink bottles.
- Paper collection has changed to accept all paper products including white paper, office stationery, newspapers, magazines,
books and all other clean, dry paper.
“We’re making it easier
Buckland. “That’s what consumers want.
” To learn more about
Program or to volunteer, contact Buckland at bucklandg@
nih.gov or (301) 496-7990.
Visit the web site at http://orf.od.nih.gov/
Above, left: Recycling coordinator Gareth Buckland (r) talks to NIDA’s Dr. Augusto Diana about becoming an environmental volunteer.
Above, right: Industrial chemist John Prom (l) shows Medical Arts’ Rayne Ann Wood how recycling cell phones and batteries is now just a snap.
Below: Louise Davis (l) and Joseph Cox (c) of the Employee Transportation Office share the word on the NIH Transhare Program, which offers Metrocheks and SmarTrip cards to over 6,000 employees.
Top left: A toxic, persistent pollutant, mercury is found in thermometers, switches and fluorescent lamps.
Right: Environmental scientist Daryl Moore demonstrates the “mercury reader” used in the decommissioning
and renovating process.
Bottom left: Danita Broadnax shows you the money—spent on NIH’s Pepco bill.
Photos: Belle Waring