District recycling contract expiring

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By Riley Stephens

rstephens20@alamo.edu

The Alamo Colleges have a 30-day contract with Waste Management Inc. for all recycling.

The district is following a 2009 proposal from Greenstar Recycling, LLC before Waste Management Inc. purchased it in February. The contract with Greenstar Recycling, LLC was for Sept. 1, 2012-Aug. 31.

“The contractor that all of the Alamo Colleges use is Greenstar,” said Gary O’ Bar director of purchasing and contract administration.

“We’re extending this agreement on a month-to-month basis,” he said.

O’ Bar said the purchasing office should have a new proposal ready within 30 days.

He said the district wants to keep the current recycling services. “We have to do this because our current contract is on the edge of termination,” O’ Bar said.

“As a matter of fact we’re in the process of doing it right now,” he said.

“We started going to the month-to-month (basis) in September of this year when we noticed that the current contract had reached its limit,” O’ Bar said.

The district had a contract with Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., which ended in April 2009, and only recycled paper and did not take plastic, glass or aluminum cans.

He said the contract ended because the colleges wanted to get a better recycling program.

“We are doing a single-stream recycling system, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum,” said John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities.

All of the Alamo Colleges follow the contract with Waste Management Inc. and all but Palo Alto College has a trash compactor on campus.

He said Palo Alto has to keep recycling material separated because they don’t have a compactor. The colleges have to create a space for the compactor to fit.

“The selection of the site and the construction to build it takes time,” Strybos said. “They should be getting one in the next couple of months.”

Recycle these items in the bins around campus:

Aluminum beverage cans

Paper including cardboard, chipboard, food boxes, cereal boxes, phonebooks, newspaper, magazines, junk mail & office waste paper

Clean steel food containers

Plastic containers No. 1-7 bottles for soda, milk, juice, water & other clean containers

Glass, amber, green & clear

Do not place these items in the bins:

Food or bathroom waste

Styrofoam

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