Facilities Management coordinates disposal of all types of waste on campus. These include the recycling and composting programs and the management of regulated waste.
The New School currently offers a three-bin system for collection of landfill waste; paper and cardboard; and mixed recycling (metal, glass, and plastic).
As of April 2013, NYC recycles all rigid plastics. Please place these items (yogurt containers, plastic utensils, clam shells, etc.) in the "mixed recycling" bin regardless of the items indicated in the sign.
In spring 2011, Facilities Management expanded the recycling program by beginning to replace existing signs with new ones that have clear illustrations and by increasing the number of classrooms that have recycling signs and separate bins for landfill waste, paper, and mixed recyclables.
The New School now offers an expanded compost program. This reduces the amount of waste being landfilled. Food scraps collected on campus are picked up by our waste hauler who takes them to a commercial composting facility, where they decompose into nutrient-rich crumbly material. The finished compost, or humus, is used to improve soil and provides essential nutrients to plants when added to gardens.
All plates, cups, sushi containers, utensils and straws provided by on-campus dining are compostable.
In spring 2011, Facilities Management expanded the composting program.
For information on other composting initiatives in New York City, visit the New York City Compost Project website.
Bring your own water bottle to campus and fill up on chilled, filtered NYC water -- for free -- at water bottle filling stations throughout campus. Bottled water is expensive and wasteful -- only one-third of all bottles are recycled and they are made from crude oil. Find water bottle filling station (PDF) locations around campus.
Members of the New School community can recycle batteries by putting them in the blue tubes located around campus. Visit the Environmental Health and Safety web page for more information.
Electronic waste (e-waste) contains hazardous materials, especially mercury, lead, and other heavy metals. To protect the environment, regulatory agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now require that e-waste be recycled. Equipment that must be recycled includes computers, monitors, keyboards, pointing devices, printers, phones, cameras, radios, televisions, etc.
The New School has updated our e-waste recycling to ensure that we are following global standards, for example, not exporting waste to developing countries for disposal. Our e-waste is donated for reuse to approved nonprofit organizations or disposed of by our e-Stewards certified recycler.
To dispose of unwanted electronic equipment, contact the Help Desk at 212.229.5300 x2828. The university also holds e-waste collection events on campus in December and May open to the entire New School community and simultaneously with moving-out activities in all residence halls.
It is estimated that 13 toner cartridges are discarded in the U.S. each second. These days, it's very easy to recycle these plastic cases. At The New School, any office receiving a delivery from office supplies vendor W.B. Mason can give the delivery person used toner cartridges to be recycled. Offices are encouraged to designate a central location to collect old cartridges.
The larger toner cartridges that our network printers (i.e. Konica) use come with mail-back labels. Please affix these labels to the box the new toner cartridge came in and send it to the Mailroom in Arnhold Hall.
Of course, a good way to reduce your office's use of these cartridges is to set your computer to print double-sided.
Since spring 2011, the Parsons Green Supply Center and the Green List have been helping The New School reduce waste on campus.
The goal of the Parsons Green Supply Center (PGSC) is to find creative ways to reuse waste streams. PGSC keeps reusable materials-plywood and solid wood off-cuts, discarded metal, fabric remnants, furniture, electronics, and others-out of landfills by housing them and making them available, without cost or limit, to students, faculty, and staff. The simple collection/redistribution loop exemplifies The New School's commitment to integrating sustainable practices into all areas and to promoting ecological literacy among students, faculty, and staff. Visit the Parsons Green Supply Center at 2 West 13th Street, 4th floor, or online.
The Green List is a place for all students and faculty at The New School to buy, sell, and trade art supplies, textbooks, clothing, and other school items directly with each
other. In the same way that commercial online classified advertising sites work, users can upload details and images of their wares to the Green List and interested parties can respond online.
Integral to successful waste management are minimization strategies for each waste stream.
To manage waste and improve resource efficiency, The New School:
The university's plans for the future include the following:
In fall 2009, Facilities Management hired consultant Great Forest to audit the university's waste streams.
Observations from the study include: