Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date June 20, 2022

STARS v2.2

California State University, Los Angeles
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.41 / 8.00 Brad Haydel
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 643.89 Tons 1,786.06 Tons
Materials composted 54.52 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 435.31 Tons 1,070.09 Tons
Total waste generated 1,133.72 Tons 2,856.15 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

Madison Materials is located at 1035 East Fourth Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701, is the primary MRF that is used to process materials. It is a large volume transfer and processing facility that is fully permitted to handle, transfer and proic


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, 2017 June 30, 2018

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

Previous STARS report performance year, FY 2017-18, is used as baseline.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 772 957
Number of employees resident on-site 5 28
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 23,913 23,599
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,007 2,138
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 7,508 60
Weighted campus users 14,003.25 19,504

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.08 Tons 0.15 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
44.71

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
61.60

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
61.60

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 No
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) No

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

Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers; Cooking oil; Plant materials; White goods (i.e. appliances); Electronics; Laboratory equipment; Furniture; Residence hall move-in/move-out waste; Scrap metal; Pallets; Tires


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
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Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:
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A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
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A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

CSU Sustainability Policy: Sustainable Procurement

1. Campuses will promote use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable practices.

2. To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all BuyRecycled program product categories.

3. Campuses shall continue to report on all recycled content product categories, consistent with PCC § 12153-12217 and shall implement improved tracking and reporting procedures for their recycled content purchases.


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

Property Management maintains a reuse program for large office items and furniture (usually with state tag) that are consistently picked up (1-3 times/month) across campus. These materials are either reused internally or sent to auction.

The University is expected to dispose of usable equipment in a responsible manner under the guidance of Property Surplus. This is done via transfers on campus, to other universities, public sales, donations, recycling and salvage of parts.

For the CSU Administration of University Property Equipment Procedures, please visit: https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/internal/procurement-contracts/_internal/_documents/3150-01-university-property-equipment-procedures.pdf

The University steps for moving to zero waste are: 1)the use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; 2) participation in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increasing recycled content purchases in all BuyRecycled program product categories.

For the CSU Sustainability Policy, please visit: https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/6987526/latest/

For the CSU Buy Recycled Program, please visit: http://www.calstate.edu/csp/special-programs/


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:
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A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

Campus is encouraged to use double sided printing and electronic reporting, rather than single sided printing.


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

Course materials are delivered via email and available online.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
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A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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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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