PTS is seeking to become a zero-landfill campus. To that end, past initiatives have included installation of a recycling program able to accept all kinds of paper and cardboard, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, glass, engine oils, fry oil, antifreeze, refrigerant oils, paints, paint thinner, batteries, florescent lamps, cat iron, steel, copper, brass, concrete, and asphalt. We have standardized recycling bins and improved signage around those bins across the campus, especially in Stuart Hall and the Mackay Campus Center.
Our newest initiative concerns food waste in the Mackay kitchen and dining hall. All kitchen scraps are now separated from the main waste stream and are composted. Some of this compost will be returned to the Seminary Community Garden (see CONSUMPTION). Removal of this organic waste, from both the kitchen and the dining hall, including all organics such as soiled paper napkins and coffee cups, will “clean up” the remaining trash, making a 100% recycling (zero-landfill) policy feasible. Currently we are working with Waste Management of New Jersey to make this vision a reality.
In 2013 the seminary went to single stream recycling. Instead of having two containers for recycling, all types can now be combined into one container. The waste hauler that PTS contracts with takes the recycling and seperates it at their location. This is becoming common practice in commercial and residential locations. Not only does it make it convenient for the consumer, but it reduced the amount of recycling and trash pick ups by our waste hauler which helps with the environment, and helps reduce cost.