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Campus Recycling Policy

RecyclingThe Senior Officers Policy states that "all paper that can be recycled (including shreddedpaper) should be recycled." UB's Campus Work/Production Processes Policy states that the university "will constantly strive to promote and publicize the implementation of work/production processes which maximize the use of recycled products, minimize or eliminate waste, seek economies and efficiencies, and reduce the consumption of energy." The NYS Solid Waste Management Act of 1988 set a statewide waste reduction goal of 50% by 1997 and calls on state agencies to recycle at least 50% of their solid waste.

The University seeks to maximize the recycling of waste materials. Our initial objective is to achieve a minimum level of 50% recycling of our solid waste stream. In order to accomplish our recycling objectives, the following steps will be taken:

University Facilities, with support and guidance from the University's Environmental Task Force, will develop guidelines and mechanisms for campus recycling.

Faculty and staff in all offices and departments will participate in the recycling effort by following instructions regarding the separation of recyclable and non-recyclable materials and by placing recyclable materials in appropriately marked recycling containers. Resident and commuter students are also expected to participate in campus recycling efforts.

University Facilities will monitor progress on recycling with assistance from the Environmental Task Force's Building Conservation Contacts (BCC) network. Lack of participation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Members of the University community are expected to work together to optimize the recycling process consistent with work productivity. 100% involvement is expected.

In order to "close the loop," all University offices and departments are strongly encouraged to purchase and maximize the use of products made of recycled materials, especially recycled paper, preferably made with minimum chlorine bleaching and with a high post-consumer waste paper content.

Recognizing that waste reduction is preferable to recycling, all University offices and departments are also strongly encouraged to utilize waste reduction techniques including the use of double-sided copying and electronic mail. Many paper saving techniques are appropriate to University office activities and should be employed as a matter of daily routine.

(Signed) Robert J. Wagner
Senior Vice President for University Services

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