|Drop-off containers at ‘America Recycles Day’
NIH recently observed America Recycles Day, which included a “greening” festival at Executive Blvd., recycling collections at various locations and the second annual building recycling competition on campus.
Overall, the events were successful. Items collected include: 95 pairs of eyeglasses, 12 cell phones, 390 pairs of sneakers, over 1,000 batteries and 12 boxes full of electronics. In addition, more than 35 desk-side recycling bins were distributed and CD/DVD sales at the greening festival raised $300 for NIH charities.
The office building with the largest decrease of solid waste in October 2011 compared to October 2010 and securing the title of Waste Minimization Extraordinaire goes to Bldg. 2, with a 46 percent reduction. They decreased from 1.65 tons of solid waste to 0.88 tons. This is the second year in a row that they won this category. The title of Waste Minimization Extraordinaire for laboratory buildings goes to Bldg. 33, with a reduction of 46 percent. In 2010, they had 7.5 tons of solid waste and in 2011 reduced their waste to 4 tons.
The Grand Champion honor goes to buildings with the highest recycling rate. The honor for office buildings goes to Bldg. 38, with a recycling rate of 60 percent. The honor for laboratory buildings goes to Bldg. 9, with a recycling rate of 56 percent. This is 9’s second award in this category; their recycling rate was 49 percent last year.
Remember, recycling is an everyday event. If you have questions, call the Office of Research Facilities’ Division of Environmental Protection at (301) 496-7990 or visit www.nems.nih.gov.