2nd Annual NIH Bethesda Recycling Competition

by Building

Green recycling logo with three arrows forming a triangle. 

Are you up to the challenge?

Competition occurs during October.

What should you do? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

 America Recycles Day occurs annually on November 15. This year the Office of Research Facilities, Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking for your participation in a recycling competition, pitting building against building.

The accumulation of mixed paper and commingled recycling will be tracked throughout the month of October and the results will be announced during the week of November 15. The buildings will be judged on the reduction of solid waste generated and the increase in materials recycled. The building with the largest decrease in solid waste as compared to October 2010 data will win the title of Waste Minimization Extraordinaire. The Grand Champion honor will go to the building with the highest recycling rate. Each contest will have a winner announced in the office and the laboratory building category.

If you have any further questions, please call DEP at 301-496-7990. Also look for various other events your IC Green Teams may be hosting during the week of November 15.

Check back next month to find out who won!

October 2010 Recycling Data
Recycling Waste 2010 
Amount of Waste  

Frequently Asked Questions

Recycle FlyerIs the competition between IC’s or buildings?

The competition is between buildings. The recycling data is currently collected by building.

Why is my building not listed?

Some buildings do not have recycling and/or solid waste data that were necessary for the competition. Your efforts help towards the overall recycling goal of 50% and we appreciate your greening efforts.

How is the recycling and solid waste data collected?

Recycling is weighed on pallet jacks before it leaves each building. Solid waste is weighed when it is dropped off at the Montgomery County Transfer Station.

I don’t know what can and cannot be recycled at NIH. Where can I find information on recycling?

You can find recycling information at http://www.nems.nih.gov. If you have further questions, please call the Division of Environmental Protection at 301-496-7990.

Will our building be affected by the cafeteria?Recycle Poster

Yes. Unfortunately, removing the weight of cafeteria waste from the overall building data is not possible. Use this as a challenge to see how little food waste you can produce and how much you can recycle in the cafeterias.

What about those buildings working towards reducing instead of recycling?

Some buildings are doing a great job at recycling and have started looking at ways to reduce paper and plastic

usage. These efforts will show up in the Waste Minimization Extraordinaire award.

How do I know if my building is designated as office or laboratory?

Buildings were categorized as office or laboratory based on Office of Research Facilities (ORF) designations. You can see in the graphs if your building is categorized as an office or laboratory building by the color of the bar associated with your building. A red bar means your building is designated as an office and a blue bar represents a laboratory building.

When will the results be posted?

The results will be posted during the week of November 15th (America Recycles Day).