Thursday, April 22, 2010


I took a couple hours out of my afternoon to volunteer at work to do a trash audit today. The buildings I work in are LEED certified. In order to remain LEED certified there is an annual audit on the trash removal. The audit involves sorting through all the trash collected from the previous day. This doesn't include cardboard, paper, and recycling (plastic, glass, and metal) that was also collected (separate of the trash). Fortunately for me, the four other volunteers, and the five employees of our facility group, we only had to go through 25% of the trash because of the number of employees at our site.

It wasn't fun, but it was somewhat interesting. The results? Of the 853.5 lbs (25% of the total) of trash we sorted we removed 131 lbs of items that could have been properly placed in another waste stream (cardboard, paper, and mostly cans and bottles). Not bad, but definite room for improvement. If only we could start composting; so many banana peels!

Oh, Happy Earth Day!


Anonymous said...

Is that the first time you ever volunteered for anything?

Stephen said...

wow. this is one of the best anonymous questions ever. well crafted.

answer: no

laughjon said...

Do you give the cans you pick from the trash and give them to bums? Seems like a way to kill two birds with one stone.

laehmc said...

i am proud that you give time and commitment for others! how lucky i am to have you in my life, too!