KFL Book Recycling

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KFL Book Recycling

Spring 2020-Zero Waste

Project Overview

The Kraemer Family Library’s mission and values include fostering intellectual growth and practicing and promoting environmentally sustainable behavior. The project had a dual mission of providing an opportunity to increase student learning and involvement with campus and library sustainability efforts and allowing for the sustainable disposal of a large volume of weeded materials that would otherwise be sent to the Colorado Springs landfill. Changes in the recycling industry have made it impossible for KFL to recycle our discarded books without debinding them first. The library’s Bound Periodical Weeding Project alone generated over 10,000 volumes that were sent to the landfill unless they could address this issue. They also have ongoing recycling needs for regular discarded materials. The UCCS Copy Center had the capability to debind and recycle these books for the library, but this option requires additional funding as well as manpower. To solve this problem, they submitted a Green Action Fund proposal requesting a small grant award for the creation of a KFL “Sustainability Student” position that provided sustainability focused educational opportunities and duties for a UCCS student, as well as provided funding for book debinding services.