Go Green Initiative Identifies Waste Stream Problems, Solutions

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

University of Iowa News Release

Student environmentalists from UI Environmental Coalition and Engineers for a Sustainable World, along with interested College of Dentistry faculty and staff, gathered Sept. 17 on the Dental Sciences Building lawn as part of the college's Go Green Initiative.

Approximately 25 participants sorted waste collected at the building, performing a baseline audit of the building's waste stream in order to identify opportunities for reducing landfill waste and expanding what is captured for recycling.

The event revealed an unconventional waste stream compared to typical academic facilities, with a significant amount of dental clinic-related waste, including disposable lab gowns, sterilization pouches, plaster and wax castings and plastic and rubber gloves. Solutions identified include educating lab and facilities occupants for reducing certain types of waste, locating recycle markets for others, and altering lab disposal practices.

For more information about the UI's Go Green program, visit http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/Recycle/recyc.htm.