A major sustainability initiative at Oakton as a result of our 2014 Waste Study was to improve diversion rates of waste on our campus, limiting what goes to a landfill. A part of this relates to how we collect our recyclables. Many years ago, it was necessary for us to sort our recyclable items into paper, plastic, and aluminum. Our hauler, Waste Management, converted to single stream in the 90’s. Our collection bins on campus however, remained the same. We are now working to give a face lift to our collection program. In place of our old bins, you will now see new (very fashionable, I might add) bins throughout Des Plaines Campus. We will also update Skokie in the future. The new bins look nicer, will save on the cost of liners over their lifetime, and help us promote our message of sustainability to our Oakton community and visitors. But we need YOUR help to be successful!
Single stream collection can improve recycling rates by up to 50%. Because ALL acceptable recyclable items go into the same bin, it simplifies the sorting process. Yet, it is still important to recycle properly. Use the graphic below as a reminder for what can be recycled on campus. Remember, these items may go in ANY recycling bin on either campus. Though it is important to empty any liquids or food waste prior to recycling, containers do not need to be sparkly clean! A quick wipe or rinse will do. Please note: Plastic #6 is NOT acceptable for recycling. Please check the numbers inside triangles on the bottoms of your items. If it is a #6, it must go in the “trash” bins. If ever you have any questions on what can be recycled, please contact our Sustainability Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 1768.
- Single Stream Recycle Information – contamination letter
- The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County has awesome recycling education information including local drop-off locations for items like electronics, batteries, and more!
- “What Can I Recycle” resource
- Here is a great, short video tour of a single-stream recycling center.