Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.46
Liaison Andrew DeMelia
Submission Date May 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bryant University
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.62 / 8.00 Scott Gauthier
Manager, Custodial Operations
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 129.88 Tons 149.23 Tons
Materials composted 23.42 Tons 114.15 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 8.69 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 582.78 Tons 552.47 Tons
Total waste generated 736.08 Tons 824.54 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021
Baseline Period July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

This was the earliest year in which more complete data was available.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,587 2,740
Number of employees resident on-site 11 23
Number of other individuals resident on-site 16 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,564 3,380
Full-time equivalent of employees 706.30 677
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 373.90 0
Weighted campus users 3,587.80 3,733.50

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.21 Tons 0.22 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires No
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
1 Tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

Proper containers and container labeling used to eliminate confusion and contamination. Regular training's held with all custodial and grounds staff to ensure proper separation of all disposed of items. Republic Services reports when contamination received. No reports received during the performance year period.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

Annual participation in Recyclemania and occasionally participates in "Game Day Challenges" during Athletic events.

Campus also holds annual electronics recycling drive.

Green office clean out event allows administrative offices to recycle all unwanted materials.

Text book re-use collection during recycle mania and all the time at the university book store so no books go to waste.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Bryant's Custodial Management Department serves as the formal department in charge of surplus office supplies, furniture, and equipment. Their office oversees the storage, distribution, and re-purposing of surplus materials. There have also been two Green Office Cleanouts which include supply exchanges in the past three years with large staff participation, which also generates large amounts of recycling.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

Green office exchange allows other departments to exchange unwanted supplies, furniture and technology with each other allowing reuse over disposal.

SustainUs holds a yearly "yard sale" for all students. At the end of every academic year, SustainUs and facilities management collects usable goods left behind in dorm rooms, suites, and townhouses. (Electronics, clothes, kitchen items, refrigerators, microwaves, TV's, etc.)These items are stored throughout the summer and on the first week of school SustainUs organizes all items and holds a "Yard Sale". Goal is to minimize waste and allow students to purchase second hand essentials for a low price.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

To limit free printing students are given a $40.00 printing allowance at the beginning of the year. The cost per print is .05 cents for each black and white copy and .50 cents for each color copy.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

The University continues to actively transition to a mode of making printed materials available online. This summer the University is maintaining www.bryant.edu, a website which will enhance the communication program and its ability to offer additional online publications. The Human Resource Department has been the leader in this area publishing the following electronically:
Employee self manager-paychecks and benefit information; Employee Handbook, Employee & Campus Directories. Open enrollment support materials were published online and all associated forms returned electronically. University performance action plans and year end performance summaries are available online. Employment opportunities are all posted online and applicants are required to apply electronically. The Purchasing Department is in the process of transitioning to a paperless purchasing system in which all orders are emailed. If materials do have to be printed the University makes every effort to choose paper stocks that are recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Resident Life Office has a program to reduce move out waste. Resident Life promotes and facilitates a donation day event in which they plan and encourage students to donate gently used items to the Big Sisters of Rhode Island. Three donation drop off locations are established. Resident Life also organizes a food drive in which they collect unopened nonperishable food items for a local food pantry.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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