Recycling Bins (Tarik)

1. What

The goal of this action is to encourage students who live in IES apartments to recyle. I live in the apartments in Gran Via, there are around 10 apartments in the building that are occupied by IES students. I don't know of a single apartment in the building that recycles. Every kind of trash is mixed, whether its food, plastic, metal, paper, etc. It all goes in the same bin. I believe the problem is not that students don't care, it's that we are not given the materials to recycle. My idea is that IES should help educate students on how to recycle in Barcelona. The city already had a very good system with different color dumbsters on the street to help people with organizing their waste.

Example of what it will look like once the final is in the apartments:
(note: Flyers will all be in color for final. This is just a test.)

1.1. Similar Actions from previous semesters

In the past their was an action called "Barca Dumpster Instructions," where the students made a flyer about how to recycle in Barcelona. This action will play a big part in helping my action be succesful. I plan to use the flyer they made and post them around the IES building and more importantly in the IES apartments.


(The flyer from previous semester in color)

1.2. SWOT Analysis

Helps promote/encourages recycling
Makes recycling much easier for studnets
Helps IES become a more sustainable community

Many students don't care about recycling
Students are already encouraged to recycle and many still don't

Students are likly to recycle back in that states
IES students in seperate housing can also participate

It is very important for IES RA's to participate in this action, and they might not show interest
Many students find it inconvinient to recycle, and see it as easier to throw all their waste out in one bag
Advertising (posters) could be destoryed both over time and ripped down by vandals.

1.3. Feedback Loops

Some feedback loops are that some of the recycled waste (paper) can be reused again. IES would become more sustainable, and it reputation as a "Green" institution would grow signifficantly, which is becoming more and more important for Universities both in the United States and abroad.

1.4. Advertising

I dont think that there is any need to advertise this action. In all IES apartments, every student lives with and RA from Spain whos job is to watch out for the students well being, as well as educate them on the city, (how to use transportation, where to buy groceries, etc). I think that when the students arrive in Barcelona the RA's should explain quickly how to use the recycling method. When we first arrived to Barcelona we were given a welcome packet at the airport with keys to our housing, a flyer with numbers for police, student handbook, etc. I think that in this welcome packet we should include the flyer made from previous semesters as well as have the flyer taped up in the apartments by the trash and recycling bings.
Another important form of advertising for this action is to post the flyers in IES. This is very simple and will cost almost nothing. Hopefully with this advertising around IES students will become more aware about recycling and how to recycle and bring this knowledge back to the United States.

2. Why this action makes things more sustainable ?

This action would make things more sustainable, because every semester IES students would recycle. Think about how much glass and paper and other waste gets mixed in the trash instead of recycled and re-used. Most students in IES Barcelona don't recycle and the main reason is that they don't know how. With this action they will be explained by their RA's on the first day how to recycle, and their will be flyers also explaining how to do some both in the apartments and at the IES center. Some of the greatest environmental benefits of recycling are in the conservation of energy and natural resources and the prevention of pollution when recycled material, rather than raw material, is used to make a new product. Manufacturing materials the second time around is much cleaner and less energy intensive than when using raw materials.

2.1. Potential Benefits

  • Encourages recycling
  • Makes recycling very easy
  • Great way to explain how to recycle to IES Studnets
  • IES would be promoting sustainability
  • More and more Universities and companies are going green, IES would be doing this as well
  • Studnets would probably recycle when they return to the states as well

2.2. Potential Costs

  • Time & Paper to print and post the flyers
  • If IES were to get recycling bins later on it could cost a lot of money.
    • Each IES aprtments x 5 recycling bins
  • RA's have to make sure students are doing this
  • Students also have to care
  • Might be difficult to explain at first

3. How


3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design

The only thing that would be used so far is the paper for printing the flyers. After the flyers are not used anymore, or are damaged, the paper can be recycled, and a new flyer can be supplied.

3.2. Questions for the unified survey


3.3. Analysis of the results of the survey


3.4. Incentives

I think that incentives could definitly be used to help promote this action. However, I think that fines do not help and are bad for the action. I believe that if their is a prize for the apartment that is the most efficient with recycling get some sort of recognition. There should be and award of a dinner or something simular at the end of the semester for the apartment, or apartments in IES that are the most efficient in recycling. The RA's would monitor this recycling system and rate their apartments overall.

3.5. Relationships with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)

Currently there is no sustainanbility club at IES.

3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?

This action will go on for every semester. The recycling bins and signs do not have an expiration date. If an apartment damages or one of the items is destroyed it can easily be replaced by going to the student affairs office in the IES center and getting a new one. Like I mentioned before in the "incentives" section, I believe that their shouldn't be any fines if anything is damaged. This action is very simple to be sustained once the program is started. I think the person who is in charge of IES housing (Ferran) would probably be in charge of this as well as the RA's in all of the apartments.

3.7. Who will do what

I have already put up the flyer in my own apartment, and once I get the flyers printed out in color I will give them to other students I know in different apartments. If all of this works out, and students begin recyling the next step is to write a written proposal to the head of student affairs, and see if it is possible to create this action. I will look up costs, and include it in the proposal, because I think that is IES's biggest concern. If they approve the plan we can order the recycling bins and have the RA's pick them up from IES and bring them to the apartments. Or if it is not too expensive, we can ship them personally to each address, because there are only a few IES apartment buildings.

(Another example from farther away, with bins right below flyer).

3.8. Comparison to similar actions from previous semesters

This is very simular to the action I listed above. In the past their was an action called "Barca Dumpster Instructions," where the students made a flyer about how to recycle in Barcelona. However instead of just trying to give out the flyers to the students at the airport when they arrive, I will post them around IES and give them to the RA's in the IES buildings to post by the waste bins.

3.9. Document format


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3.11. Time-sheet/ Chronogram

Mid-October: Begin brainstorming about how to promote recycling in IES.
November: Looked at prices for recycling bins instead of flyers, was told this is too expensive, its better to use something like a flyer first to see if the action can work before investing in it.
December: Print out flyers in color, post them around IES building. Also hand out the to studnets that I know in apartments, as well as Ferran in the student affairs office.

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling

  1. http://www.psfk.com/2010/02/barcelonas-innovative-public-recycling-containers.html

  1. http://sustainability.seeds4c.org/Barca+Dumpster+Instructions&structure=2010a+Spring+Actions

5. Annexes

6. Students involved in this action

Tarik Gluhic

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