Fourth Waste Audit Shows Progress

In October 2015, for the fourth year in a row, First Church Green Ministry Team members and students of the East Bay School for Boys were ?trash talking.? With our goal to become a Zero Waste community, we know we have to ?measure in order to manage our effort.? We have made further progress, but we still have a ways to go.

We estimate that we are generating approximately 32,000 lbs. of waste annually, consistent with the last three years, so we have not decreased our waste stream.

Our campus?s overall diversion rate is also about the same as last year, just under 50%?that is, half of the waste we generate is compostable or recyclable and leaves our campus in the correct bin?but up from 31% in 2012. The Green or Compostables Bin and the blue Recycling Bin both had approximately 95% accuracy so the FCCB/EBSB community is recycling well. The Compostables or Green Bin takes wet paper towels, our new compostable paper plates, cups and utensils, and anything that rots.

Our Landfill Bin tells a different story?24% of what we found in the Landfill Bin should have been placed in the Green or Recycling Bins. As a community we are throwing over 15,000 lbs. into the Landfill bin; and most importantly, that means approximately 4000 lbs. of compostable or recyclable waste?nearly two tons--leaves our campus for the landfill annually.  We will continue work to solve this problem.

The Green Team applauds the congregation for sorting well done and will continue to work towards a goal of Zero Waste, a 100% diversion rate, as we strive to promote environmental stewardship so that we may respect, enjoy and preserve God?s gift of life on Earth.

Read the Waste Audit, complete with graphs and charts here...