BCM Recycles! Program Update

Dec. 1, 2011

Two members of the BCM Recycles! Volunteer Team, Lauren Figard and Mike Iannotti, sort recycling in the BCM recycling room (527D in the Jewish Wing). Sorted recycling can be dropped off anytime in the recycling room.
Two members of the BCM Recycles! Volunteer Team, Lauren Figard and Mike Iannotti, sort recycling in the BCM recycling room (527D in the Jewish Wing). Sorted recycling can be dropped off anytime in the recycling room.

With the end of the year fast approaching, the BCM Recycles! Program would like to address some important recycling-related issues. Because we have a limited staff, we ask all members of the BCM family to please remember to:

  • Flatten boxes! Unflattened boxes cannot be recycled and this issue has been increasing. Check the BCM Recycles! website for the nearest cardboard recycling location.
  • Bag shredded paper! Loose shredded paper cannot be transported; please place all shreddings in plastic garbage bags before placing them in the blue bins.
  • Rinse! Liquid and food from all containers and bottles must be removed before they can be processed for recycling.
Frank Small, facility services, collecting paper and cardboard from paper-collection site.
Frank Small, facility services, collecting paper and cardboard from a paper-collection site.

Frank Small, facility services, collects paper and cardboard from more than 40 paper-collection sites throughout BCM main campus. Frank is the recycling program’s only paid staff. He not only collects recycling throughout BCM Main and oversees two truck runs weekly to other BCM and Texas Medical Center buildings to collect recycling, but also oversees loading of our 40-foot Waste Management recycling compactor, which is collected twice each week by the vendor.

Also, we would like to remind everyone that the 2012 RECYCLEMANIA competition is almost here. Preseason practice weeks will run Jan. 22-Feb. 4, and the official competition will begin Feb. 5 and will end March 31. This is a friendly competition between North American universities and we want BCM to have another great year. 2010 was our first year and we placed in the top one-third of all institutions in the nation and third in Texas.

This was a great year as a whole for BCM Recycles! We increased our recycling percentage from the previous year in every category and recycled more than 400 tons of material. We continue to rank as one of the best and most cost-effective recycling programs in the TMC. Of course, we cannot achieve these results without the help of our BCM family. BCM Recycles! depends on volunteers and can always use more. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer coordinator Fred Neill at fneill@bcm.edu.

Please visit our website at www.bcm.edu/recycling for more information on what we recycle, recycling locations and sustainability programs. Questions can be directed to our co-directors Rock Morille or Dr. Winnie Hamilton.