New green initiative handles Brocks several tons of cardboard a week

Checking out the new cardboard baler are (in front) Russ Higham and Ken Wake from Custodial Services, (back row, left to right) Domenic Maniccia, director of Custodial Services; Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management; Steven Pillar, Vice-President Finance and President Jack Lightstone.Brock generates more than 358,000 kilograms of cardboard every year, and now there’s a more efficient way to get rid of it.Facilities Management has acquired a new baler that will allow the University to dispose of its cardboard in a way that’s greener and generates revenue. Custodians will put about 1,400 pounds of cardboard through the baler a day. The material will then be sold to an independent contractor for recycling.From the Campus Store to Sodexo, “a large volume of cardboard goes through the University,” said Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management. “This allows the University to manage its disposal of cardboard and generate revenue.”The baler arrived last month. Each bale weighs about 700 pounds. When the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex opens, Brock will produce about two bales a day, said Domenic Maniccia, director of Custodial Services.

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