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Piecing Together an Effective Recycling System

Operations  •  Recycling Process  •  Waste and Recycling  

Piecing Together an Effective Recycling System

April 24, 2017, Roger Guzowski

A recycling program is made up of many different pieces. As you grow your program, one of the biggest challenges is making sure those pieces fit together into an effective system.

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The Road to Achieving Zero Waste at your Next Event

Operations  •  Planning  •  Waste and Recycling  

The Road to Achieving Zero Waste at your Next Event

September 14, 2016, Lindy Farrar

Working towards and achieving a zero waste event may seem like a daunting task. Yes, it is not an easy feat to divert all of your waste away from landfill; however there are several common strategies to working towards a zero waste goal at your next event. It is necessary to remember it is the steps along your journey, not your end product that will make your goal have a lasting effect and a legacy for future generations.

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What You Buy & What You Throw Away

Best practices  •  Operations  •  Waste and Recycling  

What You Buy & What You Throw Away

July 22, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Somewhere along the line we have become distracted by aggregated waste audits and national studies. In the process we too often miss a simple correlation.

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Know Your Campus, Part 2

Education  •  Operations  •  Planning  

Know Your Campus, Part 2

May 30, 2014, Roger Guzowski

For this part 2, I am focusing on some of the differences between public and private schools. Every school has a complicated mix of funding sources, a lot of which I am going to gloss over (consider this the intro 100-level version). For those of you who are recent students making the transition to coordinator or who are folks new to working with schools, I am hoping this overview helps.

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Different Than Home

Best practices  •  Operations  •  Planning  •  Waste and Recycling  

Different Than Home

May 14, 2014, Roger Guzowski

When you set up a recycling program, one struggle that you often encounter is that some people think they already know everything about recycling.

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Know Your Campus, Part 1

Education  •  Operations  •  Planning  

Know Your Campus, Part 1

April 10, 2014, Roger Guzowski

Every campus is a little bit different. Ironically, if you break a campus down into individual parts (e.g. traditional dormitory-style residence halls, apartment/suite style residence halls, faculty offices, departmental offices, cash-operations dining, dining commons, etc.), each individual part is actually pretty darn similar. But what makes each campus completely unique is the combination of parts, scale of the parts, the overall academic philosophy, and the fundamental business model of the campus. For the next few blog posts, I am planning to focus on some of the biggest differences and some fundamental changes those differences bring.

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Budgeting for Recycling Expenses

Operations  •  Planning  •  Recycling Topics  

Budgeting for Recycling Expenses

December 19, 2013, Roger Guzowski

Successfully growing and sustaining recycling programs can sometimes depend on something as simple as where you budget recycling expenses. As budgets are being set for next fiscal year, now is the time to think about what you want to accomplish next year, how you want to fund it, and perhaps most importantly where you want to fund it.

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Sustainability Projects and Student Groups

Education  •  Operations  •  Planning  

Sustainability Projects and Student Groups

September 12, 2013, Roger Guzowski

As a staff member or administrator, working with student clubs and organizations can sometimes be both the most rewarding experience and sometimes the most frustrating. Don’t let this potentially great experience be doomed by false expectations.

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Helping Students Understand Staff

Best practices  •  Operations  

Helping Students Understand Staff

August 28, 2013, Roger Guzowski

Every year, the Beloit Mindset List tries to help faculty and staff relate to the mindset of the incoming 1st year college class. As a faculty or staff member, this is a terrifying list, where you realize how old you are getting. But what about the reverse? How does an incoming class understand the 30-65 year old faculty and staff around them?

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Aligning Chores, Part 1

Education  •  Operations  •  Waste and Recycling  

Aligning Chores, Part 1

October 18, 2012, Roger Guzowski

There are a lot of different materials to recycle on a college or university campus and a lot of steps needed to make recycling work. So how do you decide who does what tasks?

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Understanding Why

Education  •  Operations  •  Waste and Recycling  

Understanding Why

March 27, 2012, Roger Guzowski

In my last post, I focused on the critical role that information plays in your recycling program. But there is one big piece that information doesn’t cover. That is why. There are a lot of different parts of “why”, depending on what you intend to do with it.

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Everything I Know I Learned from Where?

Education  •  Operations  •  Waste and Recycling  

Everything I Know I Learned from Where?

March 14, 2012, Roger Guzowski

One of the trickiest parts of running recycling or sustainability on a college or university campus is education. Implementing recycling education at an institution whose very mission is education runs into a lot of potential pitfalls and conflicts.

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Getting Home Safely

Operations  •  Planning  •  Waste and Recycling  

Getting Home Safely

February 16, 2012, Roger Guzowski

In my decades in the recycling field, I have seen a lot of facilities, seen a lot of recycling plans, and had a lot of conversations about recycling programs. Yet one that will always stick with me was on a tour of a recycling processing facility in which there was an operations manager who said very proudly, “our number one goal is to make sure our people get home safe at the end of the day.”

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Surviving a Waste Audit, Part 2

Operations  •  Planning  •  Waste and Recycling  

Surviving a Waste Audit, Part 2

September 08, 2011, Roger Guzowski

I think anyone should experience a full-blown waste sort at least once. As a learning experience, it is a real eye opener. However, I don’t think it is often necessary to determine whether or not you should target something for recycling or waste reduction efforts.

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Surviving a Waste Audit, Part 1

Operations  •  Planning  •  Waste and Recycling  

Surviving a Waste Audit, Part 1

September 06, 2011, Roger Guzowski

Whether you are just starting out, or trying to figure out what to do next, you can’t divert stuff out of the trash if you don’t know what’s available in the trash to be diverted.

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