Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.58
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date April 26, 2017
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Boston University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.10 / 3.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
3,390 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
5,838 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate, including efforts made during the previous three years:

In November 2009, the University began to roll out the recycling infrastructure needed to support a more complete recycling program on the Charles River Campus. This project was completed during the spring 2010 semester. The campus was divided into sections to best implement the system. Each week a new area was addressed by a team from Facilities Management & Planning, the Sustainability Liaison from the school or college, and a representative from Save That Stuff, the University’s recycling vendor. The team walked each floor in every building within the area to design a system that would integrate the recycling and waste stream systems to increase the convenience of recycling and reduce the volume of the University’s waste. In July 2016 Facilities Management & Planning was combined on both campuses. Through this change in management structure, a more complete recycling infrastructure is being implemented on the Medical Campus matching the systems deployed on the Charles River Campus. The roll out is anticipated to be completed by July 1, 2017.


A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

Dining Services donates on a daily basis to several local food banks and shelters through BU's Community Service Center’s Student Food Rescue (SFR) which was founded by a group of BU student volunteers in the spring of 1988, and has since become an integral part of the Community Service Center.


A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

BU's pre-consumer food waste program started in 2008 and has expanded to almost every location on campus. Clear containers are used to collect food trimmings from production waste. Clear containers, along with the weight, helps us analyze the contents of our waste. Barrels are provided as a means of aggregating organic waste for collection for employees to dispose of all organic waste. Each semester, trainings are provided for employees. Organics are sent to one of several commercial composting facilities in the greater Boston area.


A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

BU's post-consumer food waste program started in 2008 in the residential dining halls and since, has spread to retail locations as well in the student union. Universal signs and product identifiers are posted at retail locations with instructions on how to sort waste. Most retail tableware on campus is compostable, allowing for it to go into the compost bin. Also, waste from staffed catered events is always diverted to compost, and customers have the option to divert organics at their non-staffed events. The Massachusetts DEP has used Boston University Dining Services as a case study to assist other institutions in the state to prepare for the organics waste ban, which went into effect in July 2014. Boston University Dining Services was also the recipient of Mayor Menino and the City of Boston's Sustainable Food Leadership Award in 2012 for our commitment to sustainable food service, including our composting efforts.


Does the institution include the following materials in its waste diversion efforts?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food donations Yes
Food for animals No
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting Yes
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil No
Tires No

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

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