Chris Cordova, custodial supervisor for the Facilities Maintenance and Operations Department, oversees 15 employees between eight buildings on the city campus. In addition, Chris has been in charge of the recycling pilot program in Hamilton Hall since December 8th.
As part of the sustainability initiative, recycling is a goal of our custodial department. Therefore, recycling stations are installed on every floor of Hamilton Hall. Each station consists of separate containers for paper, plastic, trash, and aluminum. Occupants in offices, breakrooms, conference rooms, and classrooms empty their items in one of the many stations throughout the building. Once filled, custodial staff assigned to the area will take the contents to the designated areas to be emptied.
Although there have been some challenges, steady improvements have been noticed. Increasing staff and student motivation continue to be a priority. In addition, with the recent focus on environmental concerns, decreasing the amount of waste in our landfills is paramount. With our recycling program, we are hoping to assist in lowering our carbon footprints.
Recycling is one small change in shaping the future. Recycling conserves energy, reduces water and air pollution, reduces greenhouse gasses, and sustains natural resources.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle is the University of Nebraska's small step towards more significant gains.