Environmental Management System: Office Paper Recycling Initiative Alfred T. Townsend, REM, CEA Physical Scientist TownsendA@rucker.army.mil The Circle of Life RAGS make paper PAPER makes money MONEY makes banks BANKS make loans LOANS make beggars BEGGARS make RAGS Participating Organizations/POC’s DPW Environmental DPW Project Managers Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure ACLC AFS Corp of Engineers RWARU-ARI A CO MPA HMCC DOIM (Remtech Services) USAR Participating Organizations/POC’s TSC DEL POL Lab HHC, 1-210th S1 Shop HHC, 1-210th S3 Shop HHC, 1-210th Physical Fitness Center Aviation Proponency RCI Office ATSCOM Commissary NCO Academy Aviation Technical Library Arts & Craft Center Center Library Participating Organizations/POC’s Safety Center (Operations Directorate) Education Center DCD DOTD DOIM 58th Motor Pool 1st ATB Classroom Support Warrant Officer Career Center A CO/ 1-145th Participating Organizations/POC’s DRM Mail Room Legal Assistance Office DEL (Housing Office) Aviation Records EO Office Transportation Adjutant General's Office Legal Office DCFA Headquarters DOC ACS Warrant Officer Career Center IRAC Army Flier USAAVNC G3 Participating Organizations/POC’s DOIM (Remtech Services Local Union Aviation Museum HHC WOC Text Issue Central Issue Facility 1st/13th Air Force HSB/ATB USAARL HSB Lowe AHP F Company 1st/212th Participating Organizations/POC’s DEL (Computer Warehouse) Range Division Fort Rucker Elementary School Fort Rucker Dependent School 1st 145th Shell Field Cairns Field Flatiron Office Paper Recycling Initiative Data Month lbs paper recycled July 2004 10880 August 2004 13060 September 2004 7440 October 2004 10500 November 2004 3800 December 2004 10720 January 2005 19440 February 2005 13980 March 2005 16980 April 2005 7800 Total to Date: 114,600 Office Paper Recycling In Perspective • For every ton of waste paper recycled, 3.3 Olympic Size Pool cubic yards of landfill Approx: space is used. (189.09 Y3 54 yards Length saved) 27 yards width • Every ton of recycled 2 yards deep office paper saves 380 gallons of oil. (21,774 54 Yards gallons saved) • The production of a ton of paper requires 17 trees (974.1 trees saved) and 7,000 gallons of water (401,100 gallons saved). 114,600 lbs Paper 3.32Yards Source:http://www.buyrecycled.com/facts.htm Currently • Pick-ups 2-3 week intervals • @ 5 hours to complete entire route Few Minor problems…. • Some capability between scheduled pick-ups to empty containers – weight of container poses problem often • Not enough containers • Relocating containers in other parts of the building Major Problem…….. Mixing food items with paper Three times at two different locations (entire load had to be dumped) One organization reported cigarette butts/ashes being in the bottom of one of the containers Needs……….. • Manpower • Vehicle with lift capability We are currently missing: • Shredded FUOA/classified documents • Individual organizations that hire local shredding companies Inhabitants of North America • Consumes 11,916 sheets of paper each (24 reams annually) • Each ream weighs @ 5 lbs • Therefore, each consumes @ 120 lbs • Computer usage does not seem to be slowing the amount of paper we use Considerations • Consider # people in office • Set your target based on unique everyday usage or • “Piggyback” on installation target EMS Program Example for Solid Waste Reduction • Facility: USAAVNC and Fort Rucker • Responsible Person: Thomas W.Young • Start Date: July 1, 2005 • Goal/Objective: Increase amount of Office Paper recycled • Target: Increase amount of office paper recycled by 5% normalized to flying hours by the end of CY 06. • Strategy: Increased office paper waste reduction by applying recycling techniques Actions to Achieve Objectives and Targets • Determine current CY 2005 amounts that are being recycled. • Conduct polling of EIT members regarding recycling participation • Evaluate (by poll) whether or not the current program is working for all participants. Metrics • Pounds of Paper recycled in CY 06 normalized to flying hours. • Low Risk project!! Project Schedule Activity Responsible Party • Determine current CY • ???? 2005 amounts that are being recycled. • Conduct polling of EIT members regarding • ?????? recycling participation • Evaluate (by poll) whether or not the • ??????? current program is working for all participants. Remember: • Goals are useless unless there is an underlying program set to achieve them (No point in setting goals that are not achievable). • The EMS will be judged ultimately by management (internally) and auditor/public/stakeholders (externally) by its ability to achieve its stated objectives and targets. Remember: • Establish specific and measurable documented objectives and targets that addresses significant environmental issues. • The EMS will be used by management to assess the organizations environmental performance. How will your organization contribute to the stated installation goals?
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