Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.17
Liaison Jeane Pope
Submission Date March 4, 2014
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DePauw University
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.23 / 3.00 Anthony Baratta
Assistant Director for Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
70.20 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
100.53 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate:

In 2012 we recycled 23,452 pounds of paper and 50,773 pounds of glass and plastic. There is also a University auction, cardboard recycling at Move-In and electronic waste projects. We have around 900 recycling receptacles around campus.

At the end of the year we have 'Move Out' to collect items in good condition from students in order to donate to families in need around the community. Following is a list of the types of items donated at our 2013 Move Out:

Couches – 1 (sectional) 1 (lounger)
Futons – 11
Computer Chairs – 4
Microwaves – 6
Refrigerators – 10
Sweepers – 4
TV – 8
Fans - 5
Lamps – 9 (included big ones and small desk lamps)
Area Rugs – 10
Clothes – bras, underwear, shirts, pants, shorts, belts (Women’s and Men’s)
Bedding/Sheets/Pillow Cases
Mattress Padding
Coats (Most went to Coats for Kids)
Food (Most went to Food Pantry)
Towels and Wash Cloths
Kitchen Supplies (utensils, dishes, cookware, toasters)
Cleaning Supplies
Trash cans
Storage totes & units
School/Office Supplies
Cell phones and cases

Our data is for 2012-2013.

We used a very conservative number to estimate the number of tons (1) that we collected through Move Out.

We estimated our materials disposed in a solid waste landfill by working with Republic, our recycling and trash company. We estimated that our dumpsters were 2/3 full 9 months of the year, and 1/4 full for 3 months of the year because we do not offer summer classes. Our campus is very empty during January for Winter Term too.

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