Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.72
Liaison Philip Mansfield
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Carleton University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.82 / 3.00 Philip Mansfield
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management and Planning
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
1,285.48 Metric tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
832.80 Metric 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:

Carleton is committed to operating an efficient campus that promotes reduction and reuse and maximizes the amount of waste diverted from landfill. As outlined in our Sustainability Strategic Plan we are committed to increasing the amount of waste diverted to landfill to 60% by 2015. Carleton’s extensive waste reduction and recycling program of initiatives include duel stream recycling, construction and demolition waste diversion, donation stations, special waste and electronic waste collection depots and composting.

In 2014, for the second successive year, Carleton diverted from landfill 61% of its waste.To better understand our waste streams and collections, Carleton is conducting campus and building level audits to evaluate contamination rates and opportunities for improvements. Carleton is also focusing on maximizing waste diversion and recycling from constriction and renovations projects ensuring all such projects evaluate recycling efforts prior and after construction.
As part of ongoing commitment to waste reduction, Carleton has also established six Special Waste Depots, spread throughout the campus.

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

The CUSA/GSA Food Centre works to provide accessible food on campus and to promote food security in our community.

The Food Centre was opened in 1997 in response to increased student poverty due to drastic tuition fee increases, and cutbacks to student funding. The centre was opened with the aim of providing a temporary relief for students but unfortunately continues to be needed by many students on our campus. This emergency food bank (as an agency of the Ottawa Food Bank) is for anyone who self-identifies as being in need of food assistance. After filling out a form and request, people can return the next day to receive their hamper of food supply for approximately three days of emergency assistance. Folks can come up to twice a month.


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

All pre consumer food waste generated from the largest food service operation, the Fresh Food Company, is composted through our green bin program

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

The Fresh Food Company allows for students to recycle any post comsumer waste in the dining hall. Waste bins have been magnetized to eliminate contamination of cutlery, etc through the waste.

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 No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) ---
Laboratory equipment ---
Furniture ---
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal ---
Pallets ---
Motor oil ---
Tires ---

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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