Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Darcy Coughlan
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Coastal Carolina University
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.22 / 8.00 Jeremy Monday
Director of Sustain Coastal
Sustain Coastal
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 308.35 Tons 206.71 Tons
Materials composted 255.90 Tons 13.82 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 12.40 Tons 2.44 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 1,579.34 Tons 919 Tons
Total waste generated 2,155.99 Tons 1,141.96 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, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
Coastal Carolina University hired a new sustainability coordinator in 2011 for the Sustainability Office.The first major task was to start a recycling and waste diversion program throughout campus. With the purchase of several hundred bins indoors and outdoors, the recycling program officially started in 2012, which is why this baseline was chosen.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3,652 3,018
Number of employees resident on-site 11 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 4 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 9,527 8,688
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,346 1,050
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 353 1
Weighted campus users 8,809.75 8,057.25

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.24 Tons 0.14 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 Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:
Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts
Oil Filters
Others that are not part of the calculations for this part
Mixed C&D
Household Items

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

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:

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

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:
Coastal Carolina University has a formal program in place to exchange office supplies. We currently have a warehouse area in our Procurement office where used office furniture is placed when it is moved out of office spaces. The items are then available to be viewed and picked from by other staff and faculty members. These items fill the needs of many across campus by reusing what the university had already purchased.

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

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

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
Coastal Carolina University promotes paperless activity by putting student’s schedules exclusively on-line and are only printed if deemed absolutely necessary by the student. The staff directory is also exclusively available on-line. The University has created a forms page that allows most documents to be viewed and completed electronically. We also have a work-order system through Schooldude that promotes paperless communication between requestor and vendor.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
Campus Salvage (Move out) About the Program - At the end of the academic year, Sustain Coastal organizes and coordinates the Campus Salvage move-out program. Since its first effort in 2008, the program has evolved from grassroots dumpster diving into a well-known structured campaign. It's not just about saving items from the landfill, it's about collecting items to donate to local organizations and helping those in need in our community. The success of Campus Salvage depends on your donations!
During Move-Out in the Spring semester, the Campus Salvage Program sets out PODS across campus to accept unwanted items from students, staff and faculty at the end of the school year. More than half of the items we collect are donated to local organizations in need. The rest is sold at a community sale to pay for the costs to place the PODS on campus and help provide funding to the CCU Student Green Fund.

(Move In) About the Program Students moving onto campus bring lots of items, including cardboard boxes. Every year, during Move-In Weekend, students and their families have the opportunity to recycle vast amounts of cardboard. Designated cardboard locations are set-up throughout the residence halls on main campus and University Place.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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