meeting at waste dumpsite
meeting at YIH
The main agenda of this meeting was to inform everyone on the waste and recycling system that we have in NUS, especially YIH. The organisations which attended the meeting are Food Junction, Old Chang Kee, Subway, Cheers, IT Coop. The meeting started around 9.15 am and the following points were discussed:
– Showing the photos of the mess and explain reasons for improper housekeeping.
– Each vendor was provided with a pamphlet about the various types of recycling bulk bins in NUS.
– All the vendors were taken to the bin centre at YIH. Together, we shared about the current system as well as invited opinions on how to improve things.
– Proper recycling procedures (like those existing in other canteen such as Engineering canteen) were shown to the canteen vendors to show that a proper recycling system is possible if everyone works together.
The housekeeping supervisor also ensured that the waste collected from recycle bins do not end up in the general waste.
A proper recycling system is possible if everyone works together. YIH is especially a complicated place as it involves many outside vendors. No doubt, it will take a lot of repeated visits and checks to ensure that everyone follows the system.
Meeting with Eexcutive Director of Weishen
Despite our efforts to brief the housekeepeing supervisors in early June, we were still noticing non compliance in the standards of our recycling bins, so this time we invited the Executive Director of Weishen, Gary to drop in to reemphasis how serious we are on this issue.
On 26th May 2010, we were very honoured to have Director of OED, Mr Michael Ng to brief the OED staff on recycling.
For the past one year, myself from OES and Wini, Supari and Edi of OED have been running ahead with recycling, just implementing. It was time to stop, brief the rest of the team and get more buy in.
Hence this time, we got the Zone Property Managers and their deputies managers in as well. As usual, we had the Estate maintenance (EM)Trade leaders, and most importantly we had Noordin from Retail and Dining.
A year ago, we started thinking we only need to manage the housekeepers of the EM but that was not true. Recycling bins in canteens belonged to the Retail and Dining, recycling bins at busstops were under the charge of Landscape instead. And if you include housekeepers managed by Office of Housing Services and those by halls, there will be 5-6 entities altogether. Complicated for big organisation to get simple thing like recycling done.
So in this case, Director Michael briefed the OED staff that handles the EM housekeepers and landscapers.
First, he shared the target by NEA on us due to our success in 3R funds and reminded everyone on the standards expected for our bulk bins and recycling bins.
Now with Property Managers also in the loop, I am sure there will be more eyes to help us maintain the standards!
It was also noted we have a lot to learn from the Safety Team in OED to create buy in.