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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers - Grounds Services

IRRIGATION 

There is a malfunctioning sprinkler; what should I do?

Please contact the Facilities Office at extension 2629.  Please give the specific location so that it can be promptly repaired.  After 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, please contact Campus Police at extension 2289 or 760/744-7753. 

There is a broken irrigation line; what should I do?

Please contact the Facilities Office at extension 2629.  Please give the specific location so that it can be promptly repaired.  After 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, please contact Campus Police at extension 2289 or 760/744-7753. 

LANDSCAPE SERVICES

How often do you mow, and how high do you cut?

We mow every seven to ten days.  Our mowers are usually set to mow at a cutting height of 3 inches.  Taller grass has more roots and is better able to compete with weeds and resist wear damage and disease.  We are flexible and respectful to classes in-session, special events and final exams periods.

Will you plant flowers at my building?

Grounds Services maintains the campus in accordance with an approved landscape management plan, the purpose of which is to maximize the use of our limited resources.  Since annual flowers have a high maintenance cost per square foot, we only plant them in large beds where they make the greatest impact, and not at particular buildings.  However, we have planted lower maintenance perennial flowers around buildings and try to include them in all our landscape designs.

 Can my department plant flowers outside my building?

Departments or individual staff members on campus are allowed to voluntarily assist and maintain very small areas around their workplace.  Employees will assist by pulling weeds, removing trash and planting flowers.  Interested department employees will perform these functions on their own time often during their breaks or lunch.  Interested Palomar College employees must contact the Director, Facilities – Mike Ellis via email mellis@palomar.edu or the Interim Supervisor, Grounds Services & Recycling – Jeff Bennett via email jbennett@palomar.edu prior to beginning work.

Routine questions regarding this process can be answered by contacting the Facilities Office at extension 2629 or via email FacilitiesOffice@palomar.edu.

If you notice broken tree branches around the campus?

Please contact the Facilities Office at extension 2629.  Please give the specific location so that it can be promptly removed.  After 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, please contact Campus Police at extension 2289 or 760/744-7753.

Why are leaves cleaned up?

Leaves are cleaned up to prevent killing grass, clogging drains, harboring pests and to prevent injuries from slipping and falling.

ARBORETUM & CACTUS GARDEN

How do I obtain permission for my class to access the Cactus Garden?

The Cactus Garden is maintained by the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society.  Any tours on information regarding the Cactus Garden must be obtained from the Society’s representative.  For contact information, please contact the Interim Supervisor for Grounds & Recycling, Tony Rangel via email jbennett@palomar.edu, Dick Henderson 760/480-4181 or the Facilities Office at extension 2629 or via email FacilitiesOffice@palomar.edu.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL

How do I have a snake removed from the building or grounds area?

If you have a snake problem, we can help remove the snake(s) in a humane way.  Once the snake(s) have been captured, we set the snakes loose in an environment where we feel they will post the least threat to humans.

Please contact the Facilities Office at extension 2629.  Please give the specific location so that it can be promptly removed.  After 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, please contact Campus Police at extension 2289 or 760/744-7753.


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers – Recycling

Does the recycling at Palomar College go to city/county recycling plants?  Who recycles the material?

After the recycled materials are collected, they are stored at the Facilities Department until picked up by the respective recycling companies.

Why recycle?

There are many important reasons to reduce and recycle trash at Palomar College:

·       It is mandated by law

·       Recycling conserves scarce natural resources such as oil, water, minerals and trees.

·       Recycling helps reduce water and air pollution

·       Recycling conserves energy as it takes less energy to make new products from recycled materials versus natural resources taken out of the earth

·       Recycling reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of trash dumped in landfills and the amount of methane emitted to the atmosphere.

·       Recycling is an easy and efficient way to participate in the College’s “sustainability” initiatives.

 Where do I put my recyclables?

Individual offices and common office areas, conference rooms and break rooms are outfitted with single stream, recycling containers for desk side use. For those offices that don't have these types of bins, copier paper boxes will suffice. To schedule pickup, please submit the Facilities Office Recycling Request Form.  More information can be found on the Facilities Department website: www.palomar.edu/facilities/LeftNav/GroundsServices.html

What if I have a large quantity of recyclables?

If you have a lot of recyclable material, due to an office cleanup, you can arrange to have a large rolling recycle bin delivered to your office by submitting the Facilities Office Recycling Request Form

How do I recycle bottles and cans?

Centralized large rolling recycling stations for plastic bottles and aluminum cans are located in various locations on campus. Our student worker empties the bins at these stations and delivers the recyclables to our Recycling center for processing. Redemption funds collected are used to offset costs by the recycling program. Please help up by placing your containers in these collection containers.  To schedule pickup from your office location, please submit the Facilities Office Recycling Request Form.

How do I recycle cardboard?

Remove all non-recyclable materials (bubble wrap, molded Styrofoam packing, packaging peanuts, shrink wrap); flatten cardboard and schedule a pickup by submitting the Facilities Office Recycling Request Form

How do I recycle batteries?

You should recycle batteries because they contain toxic chemicals; if placed in a landfill, they could contaminate groundwater and soil. You can absolutely recycle them here. Place your old batteries in an inter-office envelope and send them to the Facilities Office.

How does recycling save energy?

The energy required to manufacture paper, plastics, glass, and metal from recycled materials is significantly less than the energy required to produce them from virgin materials. Additionally, providing recycled materials to industry (including collection, processing and transportation) typically uses less energy than supplying virgin materials to industry (including extraction, refinement, transportation and processing).

Processing raw materials makes heavy demands on energy resources. About 3% of the energy consumption in the U.S. is used for producing packaging alone. Reprocessing used materials reduces energy needs for mining, refining, and many manufacturing processes. Recycling paper cuts the energy required to manufacture paper from virgin pulp in half. Every pound of steel recycled saves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for over 24 hours. Recycling used aluminum cans requires only about five percent of the energy needed to produce aluminum from bauxite. Recycling a ton of glass saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil. Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for roughly 4 hours.

Can I recycle envelopes with the plastic windows?  What about staples, And spiral notebooks?  Glossy advertisements? Post-its?

You'll like the answer to this one; all of these items are fine to toss into the "Paper" recycling bin. In the recycling process, all paper, even the glossy, is converted to pulp, and all non-natural fibers such as metal will be strained out. So don't waste your time removing staples, spiral bindings, or plastic windows!

How does recycling help protect our environment?

Manufacturing goods from recycled materials typically requires less energy than producing goods from raw or virgin materials. When people reuse goods, or when products are made with less raw material, less energy is needed to extract, transport, and process raw materials, and less energy is required to manufacture products. When energy demand decreases, fewer fossil fuels are burned and less carbon dioxide and other pollutants are emitted into the atmosphere. Recycling keeps materials out of landfills where they can introduce contaminants into groundwater systems. Recycling and waste prevention divert materials from incinerators which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, ash, and other pollutants caused by waste combustion. Recycling, composting, and diverting organic wastes from landfills reduce the methane that would be released if these materials decomposed in a landfill. Recycling also increases the storage of carbon in forests. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in wood in a process called carbon sequestration. Recycling paper products and waste prevention allow more trees to remain standing in the forest where they can continue to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

How can I get rid of junk mail once and for all?

Log onto: https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t

For unwanted contribution pleas and catalogues, make a few simple phone calls or emails and ask to be taken off of mailing lists.  To limit your exposure, write “Please do not rent or sell my name” or “No mailing lists” next to your name whenever you order products by mail, enter a contest, subscribe to a magazine, send in a warranty card, or otherwise give your name and address to a company or organization (also consider not sending in the warranty card for a new product – it’s usually not required)

One effective way to remove your name from national mailing lists is to write the Direct Marketing Association and register with their Mail Preference Service – an indication that you do not want to be contacted by solicitors.  This actually works.  Marketers do not want to waste their efforts on people who have explicitly stated they are not interested.

 

 

 
 
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