Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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Colorado College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.53 / 3.00 Tom Allen
General Manager
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
413.40 Tonnes

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
394.99 Tonnes

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:

Colorado College provides recycling bins in every campus building and wherever there is a trash can. The college also recovers bathroom paper for compost in campus buildings.

In the fall of 2015, CC installed new waste receptacles in the Worner Student Center. These receptacles clearly indicate different waste streams in order to decrease accidental waste stream contamination. The receptacles are labeled "Recycling," "Compost," and "Landfill" in order to make people more aware of where their non-recycled/non-composted waste goes and thus more likely to divert waste from a landfill. These receptacles are prototypes for all waste receptacle on campus to be implemented in the near future.


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

The Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a student-run organization founded in 2013, uses bike trailers to transport perishable food being thrown away in the community, including the buffet leftovers from Rastall Dining Hall, to charities and non-profits that serve at-risk or hungry individuals.


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

Colorado College contracts a local company, Bestway Disposal, to collect pre-consumer food waste from all dining services operations and bathroom waste bins.


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

Colorado College contracts a local company, Bestway Disposal, to collect post-consumer food waste from all dining services operations and bathroom waste bins.


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

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
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The weight for the materials diverted from landfill/incinerator only includes composted and recycled materials. While there are significant programs in place at CC to reuse, re-sell, and donate materials, these is no data available regarding diversion weights.

Recycling
https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/studentguide/pathfinder/college-policies/trash-recycling.html

Waste information
https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/senseofplace/waste.html

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