D-TOKs! Delete, toss or keep stuff by recycling your non-record materials during Earth Week
April, in addition to being Earth Month, is also International Records Management and Information Month.
To mark the occasion, UCOP’s Records Management Committee is once again sponsoring a non-records purge week recycling drive from April 18 to 22, with the goal of “D-TOKs-ing” OP of unnecessary non-record materials.
Last year employees recycled 8,123 pounds of paper in the non-records purge. That’s almost 5,000 pounds more than 2014 and the equivalent of more than 30 four-drawer lateral filing cabinets!
Events will include Open Forums to help you with any of your records questions:
- Tuesday, April 12 at 10-11 a.m., ReadyTalk 1-866-740-1260, access code 9879411
- Thursday, April 14 at 2-3 p.m., ReadyTalk 1-866-740-1260, access code 9879411
- Wednesday, April 20 at 1-2 p.m. in Franklin 5320
Recycling bins will be placed in all UCOP Oakland locations throughout the week.
“Non-records” are materials of immediate value only that are not maintained as administrative records. They include things like data entry sheets, rough drafts, multiple copies of publications, blank forms and all manner of things that are not subject to record retention guidelines.
CAUTION: Please purge only your own materials, not departmental materials or those belonging to your colleagues. Do not discard records that are the subject of a litigation hold or other records freeze or have been requested pursuant to the California Public Records Act, an investigation, an ongoing audit or other legal process.
If you have any questions about whether records are required to be preserved for legal reasons, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.
A look at UCOP’s previous non-records purge results:
|Non-Records Purge Week|
|April 2014||April 2015|
|Tons of Paper Recycled||1||1.61||4.06||5.67|
|Cubic Yards of Landfill||3.30||5.31||13.40||18.71|
|Gallons of Water||7,000||11,270||28,420||39,690|
|Gallons of Gasoline||165||265.65||669.90||935.55|
|Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gases||1||1.61||4.06||5.67|
|* Figures from EPA|