Newspapers should be recycled by placing them in the specially-marked containers which are located in the MIB. In the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, collection points are located at the pedestrian entrances to parking garages, in the dining area of the cafeteria, at freight-elevator lobbies on each floor, and in each kitchenette.
Cardboard may be placed in the hallway outside each office door after 4:00 p.m. each business day. A special collection for large quantities of cardboard can be arranged by calling the Building Manager's Office. Please remove any waste and/or packing materials from the cardboard being recycled.
Old or unneeded telephone books (e.g., Verizon, Bell Atlantic directories, The One Book, Yellow Book, agency telephone directories, etc.) should be recycled. Please place these in the immediate area of the paper containers at your recycling center.
The items listed below should be separated or removed from paper materials being recycled.
Surplus and/or outdated computer equipment must be recycled. This includes items such as central processing units (CPUs) and monitors—be sure to remove the hard drive or ensure all data is properly removed from it. The OFAS Property Office has established a contract for recycling this type of equipment. For additional information, please contact John Butler, OFAS Property Officer.
Beverage containers (i.e., glass, aluminum cans, and plastic) are mixed together (comingled) into single collection containers which are conveniently located in our buildings. In the MIB, the collection containers are located in kitchenettes, freight-elevator lobbies, the cafeteria, and at pedestrian entrances to the parking garages.
To make recycling beverage containers even more convenient for occupants, small collection containers were distributed to each office in the MIB. These office containers are emptied every Friday.
Please ensure that bottles and cans have been rinsed and are empty. Caps or tops may remain on containers. Only type PET, PETE (No. 1), or HDPE (No. 2) plastics may be recycled. PET is used to make tough, shatterproof containers such as soft-drink and water bottles, and some food and medicine containers. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastics are flexible, translucent products such as milk and detergent bottles. PET, PETE, and HDPE containers will be marked as such or may be marked No. 1 or No. 2. The following are contaminants and should not be placed into the collection centers:
We have added a full-cycle composting program to our recycling program. Food wastes and other compostable materials now are being collected in our buildings. The materials that are collected undergo initial processing here (i.e., run through a pulping machine and dried in a special oven for ten to twelve hours) and are transported to a composting facility where the material is mixed with soil and other compostable materials such as grass clippings and leaves for a to six- to nine-month period. The final product, rich compost, is returned here for use in our organic garden and in the landscaping surrounding our buildings.
You will find specially-marked containers (marked Compostable Materials Only) located conveniently throughout our buildings. In the MIB, the containers are located in kitchenettes, freight-elevator lobbies, and the cafeteria. The containers are emptied by our custodial contractor every day. The following compostable materials and food wastes should be placed into the containers:
The emphasis on having some of the above items sourced from the cafeteria is because the cafeteria contractor purchases special, compostable items to support our efforts to ‘green' the building.
In general, pallets and skids should be returned to their origin (e.g., Printing Plant, Loading dock (receiving section), GPO, etc.). They will be returned to their point of origin or recycled through a contract established by the Division of Facilities Management Services. For additional information, please contact Jay Agosto.
There are collection bins for miscellaneous items near the entrance to the Fitness Center in the main corridor of the basement in MIB. There you may recycle:
Most scrap metal and fluorescent tube recycling is done by the facilities staff; however, there are successful recycling programs in place for occupants to recycle these items. Note: fluorescent tubes may contain trace amounts of hazardous materials and should not be discarded with other waste. Contact Ken Tunney for additional information.
When replacing carpeting in offices, the existing carpet and padding must be recycled, down-cycled, or renewed. By recycling and buying recycled content (fiber and/or backing) and renewable (cleaned, retextured, and re-dyed) carpet tiles, we are reducing the environmental impact of our actions and saving resources (e.g., by diverting from landfills, reprocessing materials into new fiber, using post-industrial waste, saving oil, reducing global warming potential, etc.) that can be made into other products (e.g., automotive parts, parking barriers, lumbar alternatives, sod reinforcement, soundproofing). Most carpet manufactures have carpet-reclamation programs in place to accept old carpeting and padding. Contact Rick Farr, NBC Branch of Support Services, for additional information on how to have your carpeting and padding recycled.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any pertinent questions or if you would like to have additional information. You may contact us through the administrative contact for your bureau or office, the OFAS service desk on (202) 208-2222.
Thank you for recycling! Your efforts to make our workplace more sustainable do make a difference.