Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.24
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.19 / 3.00 Tyce Herrman
Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
334.16 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
505.76 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:

Dickinson has a robust composting program that sends food waste from Dining Services to the College Farm and the Biodiesel Shop. Dickinson also has a recycling program with easily accessible recycling receptacles throughout campus.

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

Food left over at the end of a meal is used at the next meal. Perishable foods leftover at the end of each semester are donated to Project S.H.A.R.E., a local food bank that was started by a Dickinson alumna and that is housed in 10,000 square feet of space on campus that is provide rent free by the college. Also, a significant amount of organic produce grown at the College Farm is donated to Project S.H.A.R.E.

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

All food waste resulting from food preparation is pulped and sent to the college’s organic farm.

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

Food waste is collected after meals in the dining hall and processed through an industrial pulper. In addition, all disposable items in the dining hall are compostable and are run through the pulper. Materials processed with the pulper are then sent to the college’s organic farm to be composted and used as a soil supplement.

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:

The information above is for FY '14 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).

Compost - 138 tons

Recycling - 196.16 tons

Dickinson reuses and donates many products, but does not weigh them. We also recycle electronics and other materials, but do not weigh them.

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