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1 A Success Story: Virginia Beach City Public Schools Recycling Program Recycling Committee School Recycling Workshop July 17, 2008, Washington, DC

2 2 John Barnes, Administrator, Waste Management Division, Department of Public Works, City of Virginia Beach John Kalocay, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Support Services Dr. Eric Hines, Director, Office of Custodial Services Tim Cole, Sustainable Schools Project Manager, and Jay Ratliff, Director, Food Services

3 3 TFC Recycling 1958 Diamond Hill Road Chesapeake, VA tfcrecycling.com

4 4 TFC Recycling 4 MRFs and operations; 3 in VA, 1 in NC In 2006, TFC installed a new, state-of-the-art “single-stream” MRF in Chesapeake, VA. MRF processes more than 40 tons per hour of commingled recyclables. Curbside recycling for 700,000+ households Serve more than 500 businesses & institutions

5 5 TFC Recycling TFC Recycling Virginia Programs Accomack/Northampton Counties (Eastern Shore) Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA)Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) City of Newport News City of Norfolk City of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS)Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA)

6 6 TFC Recycling TFC Recycling North Carolina Programs Alamance County Municipalities – Burlington, Elon College, Gibsonville, Graham, Green Level and Haw River City of DurhamCity of Durham County of Durham Perquimans, Chowan and Gates Counties (PCG) Town of Edenton Town of Duck and Town of Southern Shores

7 7 Most populous city in VA 500,000 population 40 th largest city in U.S.40 th largest city in U.S. Best known as major resort 38 miles of beaches 4 military bases 120,000+ households State-of-the-art curbside recycling serviceState-of-the-art curbside recycling service

8 8 3 rd largest school system in Virginia 38 th largest school division in U.S.38 th largest school division in U.S. 71,000 students 88 schools88 schools and specialty centers  57 elementary schools  15 middle schools  11 high schools and a number of  secondary/post-secondary specialty centers

9 9 TFC Recycling & Virginia Beach City Public Schools – A Winning Combination August 2006 – VBCPS School District announces a new, comprehensive system- wide recycling program as part of a larger environmental initiative – Commingled Recycling in all classrooms, offices and cafeterias.

10 10 What are they doing? Classrooms and Offices Each of the division’s 5,000 classrooms and offices is equipped with a 28 quart-size recycling bin

11 11 Paper - white and colored, catalogs, magazines, newspapers and junk mail Cardboard / paperboard All Plastic Bottles (#1 and #2)All Plastic Bottles (#1 and #2) juice and milk containers “chugs” and soda and water bottles Glass containers - glass jars Cans – aluminum and steel VBCPS RECYCLES !

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13 13 Green News Virginia Beach City Public Schools Volume 1, Issue 1 Sustainable Schools Newsletter Fall 2006 Green Green NewsFall 2006, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) goes Green with its first publication of Green News. Green News is a newsletter produced by the school division that focuses on educating and inspiring school employees to become better stewards of the environment.

14 14 Who recycles ? students teachers office personnel custodians and food service staff

15 15 VBCPS In school year , replaced cardboard containers with plastic milk “chugs.” The HDPE plastic (#2) “chug” is recyclable!

16 16 District of Excellence in Child Nutrition by the School Nutrition Association Served 8.5 million meals during school year Choice of milk served with all complete meals; Low fat Chocolate, Strawberry, White and Skim White

17 17 VBCPS uses Clear Stream ® Containers in the cafeterias to collect “chugs” – more than 800,000 per month!

18 18 How are materials consolidated from the classrooms and cafeterias in the school?

19 19 TFC Recycling TFC Recycling Container

20 20 Who collects the materials and where do the materials go from the school?

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22 22 Who incurs the cost of the service? Virginia Beach City Public Schools ↕ City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Division

23 23 City of Virginia Beach Public Schools Recyclables – Processed Tons SY Tons (cardboard/paper) SY Tons (cardboard/paper) SY Tons* “ pilot-program” SY ,247 Tons SY ,372 Tons Source: Monthly reports submitted by TFC Recycling. Tons are total materials Weights collected from single-stream recycling containers.

24 24 How do you measure success? More than 1,350 tons of recyclables collected in less than 10 months, + “making a difference” with many environmental savings!

25 25 TFC Recycling & Virginia Beach City Public Schools – A Winning Combination TFC Recycling & Virginia Beach City Public Schools – A Winning Combination May 2007 Virginia Beach City Public Schools receive the 2007 Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) Award for Excellence in the Government/Non-profit category.


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