Thursday, May 24, 2007

Recycling Program

Kean University is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for all members of the campus community. Presently, the University is in the process of updating its recycling program to a campus-wide level effective January 2007. This is in response to a recent notification received by the University regarding mandatory compliance with the state’s recycling regulations for New Jersey higher education institutions.

Since then, the University has formed a special Recycling Committee to oversee and facilitate the implementation of this project. The committee members consist of a cross section of faculty and staff representing various administrative and academic departments including Environmental, Health and Safety, Facilities, Maintenance, Residence Life, Financial Services, and Biological Sciences. Student representatives have also been assigned to serve on the committee as well.

This introductory notice is the first in an ongoing series of informative e-mails regarding the recycling initiative at Kean University. Our initial focus will be on regular, everyday recyclable consumer items: aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers, office paper and cardboard. Recycling will be required in all administrative and academic buildings, residence halls, and food-service locations. As the implementation process unfolds, the Recycling Committee will provide additional information as to how to properly comply with the new recycling policy.

The Recycling Committee is asking the campus community to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the upcoming weeks as we approach the official launch date. Full participation by all faculty, staff, students, and on-site vendors is essential for compliance purposes. Our goal is to set the benchmark for being one of the leaders among the New Jersey state colleges and universities for campus-wide recycling. It is imperative that we have your help and input in order to ensure the overall success of this endeavor.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. If you have any questions, please contact the following individuals.

Sheryl Quatermas
Environmental, Health & Safety Officer
7-3316 or

John Maso
Director of Facilities Maintenance
7-5018 or

Kean University Recycling Program – Status Report – February 2007

Phase 1 has been completed.

Paper recycling bins have been placed in all offices throughout campus.
A three-bin grouping for bottles and cans, paper and general trash, have been placed throughout the hallways all over campus.
Large bottle and can bins have been placed throughout campus grounds and parking areas.
If your office has been missed due to the inability of the maintenance staff to place the bin, please send an e-mail to the program coordinator at with the building name, room number and your name, as well as times when the office is open.

Phase 2 is under way.

This portion of the program is focused on the residence halls and is due to be completed by the end of February.

Bins for the separation of bottles and cans as well as paper will be placed in trash areas or other designated rooms on each floor of each residence hall.
Students are required to provide their own receptacles in their rooms to separate trash from recyclables.
Training for the Office of Residence Life and administrators and staff has been completed.
The recycling program is an ongoing process that will continue to occur on campus. With your help and cooperation the program will be a success. The formal program/policy document explaining this program, along with some other helpful and educational materials, is available on the Web site at

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact:

Sheryl Quatermas, Environmental Health & Safety Officer, Recycle Program Coordinator