Baylor College of Medicine is a large institute that has the capability to recycle a lot of waste, including cans, bottles, paper, and much more. So it’s surprising to learn from leaders of BCM Recycles! that only about 30 percent of waste generated on campus is recycled.
But there’s no better time to increase recycling on campus than right now! BCM is competing in RecycleMania, a national recycling event that pits colleges and universities against each other to see which one can recycle the most waste in a variety of categories. The competition runs through March 30, so there’s plenty of time to make BCM no. 1!
It’s not as hard as you might think to win the competition – and to make a difference for the environment! Each person at BCM only has to recycle one pound per day to help BCM be a top 10 winner in RecycleMania. How much is that, exactly?
- One pound of aluminum = 35 cans
- One pound of tip boxes = 8 boxes
- One pound of plastic bottles = 22 bottles
And don’t worry, the BCM Recycles! program makes it easy for faculty, staff and students to recycle!
Frank Small is a Facility Services employee who’s devoted to the recycling program. He picks up paper and cardboard from 40 sites across the main BCM building as well as from 11 other BCM affiliated institutions. In addition, there are aluminum and plastic bottle recycling bins in multiple locations, including in room 531D (Jewish Building). Check out all of BCM’s recycling pick-up locations.
To get involved or if you have questions about RecycleMania, contact Gabi De la Rosa at 713-798-1051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you make an effort to recycle? Share ways in which you take time to recycle on campus or at home.
-By Dana Benson