Barry University is committed to recycling. Empowered by our University Mission and Core Commitment to recognize the sacredness of Earth, and to engage in meaningful efforts toward social change, Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team and Recycling Committee partner with Barry's Facilities Management to coordinate and foster recycling practices, education, and events.
The Single Stream Recycling System
Cooperation and support from all members of the campus community is necessary for the success of any recycling program. Through our partnership with Waste Management Services, the university offers single-stream recycling. All recyclable materials go into the same bin, including: plastics, aluminum, steel, and tin, glass, and paper and cardboard packaging.
The single most important "do's and don't's" for recycling are:
Do recycle paper, cardboard, and empty glass and plastic bottles (numbers 1-6) and aluminum cans.
Do Notput food or fluids in the recycling bins—food or liquids such as a half cup of coffee or a partially full plastic water bottle can ruin an entire bin of recycled materials.
What's "in" in the Barry Recycles Program
Waste Management Video
Over ten years ago Barry University formally engaged in environmental practices by developing an Environmental Advisory Task Force. Faculty, staff and students were engaged in sustainability efforts centering on recycling, reuse programs, waste reduction, program development and cost savings throughout the main campus. The University community centered efforts on recycling.
History of Recycling at Barry University
When BEST was formed it took over recycling as a sustainability initiative. Many Barry facilities have implemented single stream recycling and the BEST Recycling Subcommittee has been active throughout the year in dispersing recycling bins and posters throughout multiple Barry campuses
- Through Grant funds from Coca Cola, BEST deployed recycling bins to augment existing bins. The goal is to have “trash can parity” so that it is just as easy to recycle as throw something away—this result is achieved when every trash can has a recycling bin next to it. Since deploying the new bins, recycling on the Miami Shores Campus has increased from 4 tons per month to 7 tons per month.
- Past grant money from the Florida Bar Association (Environmental and Land Use Law Section) augmented facilities funding at the law school to attain similar trash can parity on the law campus. Although Orange County does not weigh the recyclables collected, One-Two dumpsters per week are filled with recycled materials at the law school, diverting over 400 cubic yards of materials from the Orange County landfill every year.
This heightened ability to recycle and additional information about our recycling program should help all members of the Barry community know how we can support single stream recycling efforts.