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Fall 2018 Convocation

First off, welcome to the Fall Semester—can you believe it’s about to begin again! This summer has been a busy one here at ARC, bringing us 15 new solar trailers & a third wave of 32 new blue/black recycle stations. If you’d like more info on those, scroll down and check out the post just before this one!! This post is my regularly scheduled plea to encourage all Convocation attendees to consider:

  • If you are a coffee drinker, there will be coffee—bring your own reusable coffee mug
  • A reusable water bottle that can be filled up at the Elkay filtered water bottle refill station located in the atrium of the Student Center. There are 14 of these now to choose from here at ARC
  • Avoid using the non-recyclable black plastic plates & forks—bring your own reusable lunch-ware/fork
  • Skip the straws—they are never recyclable
  • Separate your waste correctly and avoid contaminating our recycle waste stream with food items to increase the chances of keeping those separated items out of the land fill

Convocation Waste Audit:
Call for volunteers…

We’ll be doing another waste audit out in front of the Student Center once convocation is over and I could use some volunteers; so, if you have a couple of hours on this very busy day to see how well everyone sorted our trash/recycling/food waste, please hit reply and let me know. I am trying to get a representative out here from Waste Management, not only to help us out, but to hold a discussion about their response to China’s new rules regarding recycling that you have undoubtedly been hearing about in the news.

Many of you have reached out to me with questions about China’s National Sword Policy and how we are going to address the changes brought in by the rule changes as far as recycling goes. While there is a lot of work going on right now by our haulers to find new waste streams around the world, the bottom line is WE ALL need to work harder on the most important R of the four R’s—REDUCE. Eliminating single use plastics, especially the ones that go straight to our landfill will become more and more important this year; as will rinsing off and drying your recyclables.

REDUCE, Reuse, Recycle & Rot…

According to Waste Management (ARC’s waste hauler):

  • Paper and cardboard must be dry and free of food debris.
  • Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is not acceptable.
  • Make sure food contamination and caps are removed from cans and plastics and all containers are empty.
  • Separate plastic lids from plastic bottles (often made from different materials).
  • Do not place medical waste (needles, catheters or lancets) into the recycling containers.


It’s going to be more and more important that we understand the specific needs of our waste haulers, and that requirements vary depending on their capabilities/equipment/policy. Be sure to check in with your waste hauler if you haven’t recently as they are all making changes and they are all emphasizing the need to stop the ‘WISHFUL RECYCLING’ of items that CONTAMINATE the waste stream.


Waste not generated is waste we won’t have to dispose of. Please consider doing your part in source reduction where ever you can. If you’d like to discuss this further, or have ideas for your own department that you’d like help implementing please feel free to reach out. The only way we are going to meet our state’s diversion mandates & our president’s zero-waste goals is by having everyone here evaluate & look for opportunities to improve how they handle their trash.

Don Reid

4th annual Los Rios Sustainability Summit // Zero Waste

If you would like solid answers to questions like,                     .
“why do we need to pay attention to recycling [diverting]?”
this summit will offer the training you’ve been looking for!

This year at our Fall Convocation, President Thomas Greene stated that he would like ARC to be Zero Waste campus by 2025. Knowing how much work that is, I thought it would be a good idea to make it the theme of our 4th annual district-wide Sustainability Summit to give some solid information & training as well as share the Zero Waste concepts as they relate to us.

I was able to attend a recent CA Green Summit downtown at the convention center where I saw a presentation from CalRecycle that focused on diverting food waste. They discussed recent legislation as well as stats and data on how businesses are doing around our state. Making greener choices in the packaging we use, and in the options available for discarding trash are key here in running a successful zero waste program, and so I am pleased to invite you all to hear from experts in this field to give us this much-needed training.

4th Annual
Los Rios Community College District
Sustainability Summit 2017

December 1, 2017
Raef Hall 160
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Introductions & updates from the sustainability reps of SCC, CRC, FLC

Don Reidpresentation about the partnership of our
Student Senate & ARC Administration on the purchasing our new recycle stations

John Duke & Joseph Rasmussen from CalRecycle to discuss recent legislation & share
why it’s important to recycle & divert food waste

Rich Brown from BERC who provides education and performs outreach through workshops for businesses and communities regarding environmental compliance and sustainability.

Jenna Abbott from California Resource Recovery Association to talk about zero-waste concepts, as well as the certifications they offer that you can get covered with professional development funding

Questions & Answers.


Again, this is a district-wide event open to everyone interested. If you have been wanting to get more involved in the sustainability efforts of your campus, this would be a great way to get plugged in as representatives from the sustainability committees from all of our colleges will be here. I hope you can make it—help & involvement is needed on every one of our colleges with these efforts, for sure—especially here at ARC!

For those of you who still need Flex hours for the Fall semester,
this will be a great way to get those hours!
This event meets State PD Guideline B, ARC Strategic Goal 4, & ISOL 6.
We’ll have a sign in sheet available on the day of as you walk in the door.

This is a zero-waste event. Please consider choosing to bring in your reusable water bottle which can be filled at one of our new filtered water bottle refill stations in Davies Hall (first floor on the east & west sides).


Don Reid, ARC Printing Services Supervisor

ARC Sustainability Committee, Chair
ARC Green Office Committee, Chair
ARC Campus Tree Advisory Committee, Chair
ARC Buildings Grounds & Safety Committee, Campus Sustainability Representative
CHESC Steering Committee member