Recycling On Campus
Recycling at Harford Community College
There are collection sites throughout campus for the
following recyclable materials:
- Clean paper and cardboard
- Aluminum cans
- Glass and plastic bottles
- Rechargeable batteries
- Film containers (collect in the Photography
Department at Joppa Hall)
- Cell phones (collect in the Globe Cafe, Student
The following items are recycled as part of campus operations:
- Fluorescent lights
- Yard waste
- Printer cartridges
- Alkaline and rechargeable batteries
Harford Community College's Sustainability Work Group
continues to assess and make improvements to the recycling program at
the campus. The recent migration to Single Stream Recycling has
made the process much more efficient and has caused a significant
increase to recycling on campus.
Recycling Goals and Strategies
- Increase level of campus participation in on-campus recycling
- Provide paper recycle collection cans at each office desk;
o provide beverage container recycle cans at major functions;
- Ensure that each building on campus has adequate collection
containers in public areas;
- Encourage recycling by displaying recycling signs near trash
cans, discussing recycling in campus publications, and reviewing
recycling procedures with the building representatives;
- Establish recycling goals and a keep "tally" of the
weight of trash versus recycled materials on the web page;
- Standardize recycling bins and signage across campus.
- Improve custodial support of recycling program.
- Identify any roadblocks to successful recycling: are members
of the campus community mixing trash in with the recycling
materials? Is the recycling dumpster easily accessible? Does the
custodial workforce require regular orientation to our recycling
program do to the high turnover rate?
- Increase types of materials we are recycling.
- Locate markets for items appearing in trash that could be
- Establish collection sites for wide varieties of recyclable
- Increase student involvement with and knowledge of recycling and
our recycling programs.
- Ensure that recycle collection sites are visible to students
and encourage them to recycle items generated at home that are
not picked up curbside, such as cell phones, rechargeable
batteries, and printer cartridges;
- Have our recycle program be part of student orientation;
- Have a clearly visible recycling program, through signage and
- Encourage student clubs and groups to sponsor recycling
- Ensure our materials are as recyclable as possible.
- Consider the recyclability of items that are purchased.
- Purchase more recycled materials/items with highest recycled
- Develop written Purchasing Green Practices that support the
purchase of recycled and recyclable materials;
- Establish more resources for common items purchased
- Encourage campus community to recycle at home.
- Provide information in Green Harford on recycling
programs throughout Harford County.
- Establish Tips for an Eco-friendly Home on Green Harford
web site that encourages material reuse.
- Create teaching opportunities throughout campus to better
educate employees and students about the benefits of recycling.
- Create a "swap" column for items that have reuse
- Encourage employees to share their recycling stories.
- Reduce resource consumption.
- Encourage the use of reusable mugs instead of disposable; offer a drink discount price when a reusable mug is
- Teach employees how to make double sided copies and encourage
this type of printing to be the default setting on all
- Encourage decreased use of printed materials.
- Only provide bags upon request at the College Store.
- Benchmark and build partnerships.
- Visit other colleges and conduct web research to see what
other schools are doing.
- Establish partnerships with other recycling groups to continue
to learn and improve recycling on campus.
Recycling in Harford County
Harford County has a residential recycling program with two
components: curbside and drop off. Curbside recycling is available to
all 77,000 households. Trash haulers licensed to serve residences in the
county must offer curbside pick up of recyclable refuse once per week.
Trash haulers serving commercial customers must offer a separate and
appropriate recycling collection method.
As of September 2010 Single Stream curb side recycling occurs weekly
in Harford County. Acceptable single stream items include:
- Plastics - including bottles, (all types with the exception of
pesticide or solvent), jugs, disposable plastic cups, flower and
nursery pots, plastic toys and buckets and pails with handles.
- Metal and Glass: Aluminum, steel or tin cans, empty aerosol
cans, aluminum foil, aluminum foil bake ware, glass food and beverage
bottles and jars.
- Paper: juice boxes, milk and OJ cartons, junk mail, greeting
cards, hardback books, paperback books, paperboard boxes, (shoe,
cereal, frozen food, packaging etc.), phone books, newspaper,
catalogs, paper bags, office paper, gift wrap, corrugated cardboard,
All above items can be placed in the same container for collection.
Harford County also offers a drop off program for the above described
recyclables and for certain other types of recyclable wastes, free of
charge. The items may be brought to the Harford Waste Disposal Center
(HWDC) located at the Scarboro Landfill. The other items the HWDC
collects include: yard debris, lead acid batteries, antifreeze, motor
oil, white goods, scrap metal, textiles and contaminated gasoline. Yard
wastes are banned from the trash-to-energy facility, which is where the
majority of the county's trash is incinerated. Residents may bring yard
wastes to a Tollgate Road location or directly to the HWDC; for more
Harford County Recycling Coordinator, at 410-638-3417.
Visit the Harford County Recycling web site at the following address: