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Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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California State University, Northridge
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Austin Eriksson
Sustainability Program Manager
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 671.78 Tons 320 Tons
Materials composted 110.44 Tons 110.55 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 9.05 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 1270.02 Tons
+ Date Revised: April 1, 2016
1387.76 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2980 2660
Number of residential employees 12 12
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 33502 32513
Full-time equivalent of employees 3133 3065
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 3376 3232

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

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

The baseline was used because this is the most accurate historical data available.


A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

The University works with our waste hauler to perform campus wide waste audits twice a year. These typically are done in the spring and fall semesters.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

The University has an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy in place that not only covers environmentally conscious products, but also emphasizes the need to reduce purchases and reduce waste.


A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Associated Students Recycling runs a list-serve that alters campus participants of any available office surplus items (folders, paper, pens, etc.)

CSUN also runs a public auction site through the where the university sells surplus equipment, supplies, etc.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
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A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

CSUN purchased and installed 94 new duplex printers for the campus printing labs as well as new print management software. This new system allows uniform printing quota for all students and limits them to 100 pages per semester. There are also signs by every printer and on the computer screens with messages to think before they print.100 pages per semester.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
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A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:

The University Corporation works with our waste hauler to perform campus wide waste audits twice a year. This audit includes the residential dining hall. These typically are done in the spring and fall semesters.

AS Recycling has conducted a waste audits of other food units throughout campus.


A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:

The Food Waste composting program is a collaboration between the Institute of Sustainability and The University Corporation. Pre-consumer food waste such as vegetable and fruit peels and coffee grounds are collected from dining locations throughout campus, processed into compost, and used at the campus garden.


A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

The dining locations track post-consumer food waste on a daily report and make purchasing adjustments to reduce post-consumer food waste.

Trayless dining is implemented in the majority of dining locations on campus.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

The campus dining units transitioned to using compostable cutlery made from a plant starch, biodegradable paper plates and to-go boxes, as well as napkins made from recycled materials. The cutlery is not packaged as a set, customer only take what they need reducing waste.

Our locations also offer wood stir sticks and unbleached paper bags for baked goods.
Eco-friendly cups made from compostable materials are used in all of our units.

The Subway on campus offers paper bag for to go order. The dining locations will ask if a bag is needed and not automatically bag all orders.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):

The residential dining hall and on campus restaurant provide reusable service ware, utensils, and cups for "dine in" meals.

The on campus restaurant also offers linen napkins, reducing the use of paper goods.


A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

A $0.30 discount is offered to customers who bring in a reusable cup to any of the on campus coffee shops.

Customers who bring in a reusable container may fill it with water at no charge.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

Through the Food Recovery Network, food that can be recovered is collected and donated to a non-profit organization.

Working with Associated Students, all recyclable packaging materials (cardboard, tin, plastic, etc...) are collected and recycled.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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