Monday, April 28, 2008


At Support Services, there have been a lot of questions about what can be recycled. Many of those are directed toward types of plastic. Our recycling company, Allied Waste Services, has told us they will accept all forms of plastic, grades 1-7. We put everything in one large bin for them and they do the sorting at the plant (single stream recycling), which Jose visited in person.

Jose has instilled in us the motto "When in doubt, throw it out." If something is questionable, well more than likely it is probably garbage. Any paper materials that have been contaminated, with a spill for example, (glass/plastic/aluminum can be washed) are garbage. Food/candy wrappers are garbage. Rubber bands are garbage if they are not reusable. But don't waste time taking those staples out of paper, they will do that for us. Junk mail (even with a window), pretty much all types of uncontaminated paper and your typical cans, bottles, etc. are all recyclable. Bottles can be recycled in the same container as your paper, only if it is clean! Once paper has been contaminated, it won't be recycled. To make it easier, we have separate bins for paper and cans/bottles/etc to prevent unnecesary contamination!

You can find the dos and donts of recyling on B&G's staffnet page.

What questions do you have?

What else are we doing??

  • Our HVAC software maximizes the efficiency of our heating/cooling systems.
  • The waterless urinals that we will install this year @ KO and SM will help save 40,000 gallons of water per year per urinal. At least 8 will be installed for a total savings of 320,000 gallons of water each year. In the years to follow; the other facilities will have waterless urinals as well.
  • We are encouraging library patrons to use cloth bags or resuse plastic bags.
  • Motion sensors will be installed to help save on energy when rooms are not in use.

Share with us what you are doing at your branch, or want to do to help conserve!!