Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.39
Liaison Connie Morales
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Claremont McKenna College
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.73 / 8.00 Kristin Miller
Admin
Roberts Environmental Center
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 134 Tons 100 Tons
Materials composted 30 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 100 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 817 Tons 850 Tons
Total waste generated 1,081 Tons 950 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

Community Services of the City of Claremont, California is the provider and overseer of refuse/recycle collection serves in Claremont.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,172 1,326
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,327 1,334
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 472 458
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 1,642.25 1,675.50

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.66 Tons 0.57 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
24.42

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
24.42

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
Laboratory equipment Yes
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:

CMC uses the City of Claremont's hauling services for recycling and organics waste composting. About 30% of student clothing, furniture, accessories, electronics, and appliances is donated to charity or sold at the end of the academic years at an inexpensive price to incoming students


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
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Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

Composting in dining halls; Recycling bins stationed around campus and in all rooms and office spaces; Re-Room and FACS divert about 30% of student clothing, furniture, accessories, electronics, and appliances at the end of the academic years to charity or at an on-campus fall resale at an inexpensive price to incoming students


A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

About 30% of student clothing, furniture, accessories, electronics, and appliances is donated to charity or sold at the end of the academic years at an inexpensive price to incoming students


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

Trash on the Lawn is a dormitory waste audit SSPEAR organizes each semester to analyze campus recycling habits. Trash bags are gathered from dorm lounges and are sorted on the lawn. In the last Trash on the Lawn event, SSPEAR members found that almost 50% of the contents (by volume) could in fact be diverted from the landfill through proper composting and recycling. ReRoom


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

Food composting in dining hall, hub take-out food dining services and Athenaeum kitchen; food donation to shelters from Collins Dining Hall and Athenaeum kitchen; recycling bins thoughout offices, all buildings and dorms, and on campus; metal recycling; battery recycling; C & D recyling during new construction; green waste recyling.


A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):

Re-Room offers many collection containers are move out to donate all items that would otherwise go to landfill.


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

Students are not allowed to print multiple copies of the same document using the student printers on campus.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

All course catalogs, schedules and directories are available online. The institution also utilizes a online coursework managing site (sakai.com) for the instructors to post any syllabus, materials and assignment online. All HR forms are online, and predominate method of distribution between administration, faculty, staff and students is email.


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

Campus Facilities has instituted a move-out policy that has large shipping containers around campus for collection of used goods that will be donated back to the community or resold through Re-Room


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

CMC has installed water bottle-filling stations in every residence hall on campus and the new Roberts Pavilion athletic center and other areas. These encourage use of reusable water bottles instead of purchasing a disposable bottle and promote tap water over greenhouse-gas-heavy bottled water.

https://collins-cmc.cafebonappetit.com/wellness/#sustainability


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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