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Title:Indoor Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Assessment : Facilities and Services
Author(s):University of Illinois. Prairie Research Institute. Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Technical Assistance Program
Subject(s):University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign -- Recycling (waste, etc).
Recycling (waste, etc). -- Colleges and universities -- Illinois
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Zero Waste Program.
Abstract:The Illinois Climate Action Plan’s (iCAP) roadmap to a sustainable campus environment identifies goals, objectives, and potential strategies to meet the 45% diversion target for the University of Illinois Campus by 2020. The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has collaborated with campus Waste Transfer Station (WTS) staff to increase diversion rates across campus, as well as improve the efficiency of current waste management operations. Key components of this collaboration have included development of a streamlined materials tracking system, as well as analysis of material flows through and from campus buildings to the WTS, for identify opportunities for process improvement.

In 2018, ISTC worked with Facilities and Services staff to digitize collection truck weight tickets and create a new online tracking portal. The portal, rolled out in December 2018, allows Waste Transfer Station staff to measure, analyze, and report on the material moving through the system. This level of detail can allow targeted modifications to hauling routes, pickup frequency, and collection container deployment to improve capture of specific waste streams, as well as provide data to inform potential outreach efforts and policy changes.

In 2019, ISTC and WTS staff began an analysis of collection practices within buildings with the explicit intent to increase the capture of source separated recyclables. As part of this project ISTC shadowed building service staff to identify current practices and opportunities for improvement.

This report presents findings from project tasks conducted from January to February 2019 and includes:
  • Collection process for waste and recycling material
  • Collection infrastructure for waste and recycling material
  • Recommended steps to improve recycling rates through collection improvements
Issue Date:2019-02
Publisher:Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Series/Report:Zero Waste Project Report
Genre:Technical Report
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-05-06

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