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Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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Denison University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
384.50 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
665.60 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:

Denison operates a community recycling center that collects not only campus generated materials for recycling, but also community generated materials. Denison conducts annual Move-In and Move-Out events to divert materials from the waste stream towards recycling and reuse. The Move-Out event collects a variety of reusable items that are donated to local charitable organizations. Each year, Denison holds a surplus sale where employees can purchase unneeded and unwanted items from the university. Denison also has a food composting program whereby dining hall food waste is composted at an on-site facility and then used as fertilizer for athletic fields and the campus community garden.


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

At the end of the week and after large catering events on campus, Bon Appetit donates food to the local food bank and to charitable organizations for distribution in the Licking County Community.


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

During the food prep process, all vegetable and fruit scraps and peels are placed into receptacles. Other compostable pre-consumer food waste is also placed into the receptacle to be taken to the campus composting facility.


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

In both dining halls students have the opportunity to compost food waste that includes: vegetables, fruits, breads, pastas, coffee grounds, tea bags, and napkins.


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 Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

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

Construction waste and electronics.


Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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