Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 41.01
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

East Carolina University
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.61 / 8.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 1,030.04 Metric tons 875.02 Metric tons
Materials composted Metric tons Metric tons
Materials donated or re-sold 53.42 Metric tons 45.36 Metric tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 20.28 Metric tons 23.97 Metric tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 2,470.94 Metric tons 2,369.85 Metric tons
Total waste generated 3,574.66 Metric tons 3,314.19 Metric tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
A local contractor collects cooking grease from our dining halls, which is used in the production of biodiesel. The biodiesel is then distributed locally for our county school buses.

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):
The baseline, Fiscal Year 2013, was chosen based on the availability of past figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users".

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site
Number of employees resident on-site
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education
Weighted campus users

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.18 Metric tons 0.17 Metric 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 No
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) 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:
Bulbs and batteries are recycled through our Environmental Health & Safety department. Automotive fluids and batteries are recycled through Automotive Services. Ink cartridges and electronic waste are recycled through Central Stores.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
29.94 Metric tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:
The majority of our contamination is through outdoor commingled collection. Recycling Services disposes of bags of commingled that are highly contaminated. Other contaminants are removed daily while loading our trucks and roll-offs. Also, our MRF inspects each load for contamination. The MRF will refuse any load that has a high contamination level.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:
Mostly through special events, such as RecycleMania, the GameDay Challenge, and Earth Day.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
Our last waste audit was performed at two sites- an office building and a classroom building. Results showed that paper towels composed a high percentage of the waste stream at each site. Replacing existing dispensers with highly efficient automatic hand dryers would reduce our waste considerably. Also, during our annual recycling bin refurbishment, each site was evaluated and bins were relocated as needed to maximize effectiveness.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):
All bid documents that go out requesting recycled content information on packaging require the type of material and percentage used.

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
All University departments are offered the opportunity to reuse furniture for office use prior to being placed on State Surplus bid. Unused office supplies are donated via University Announce.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):
Joyner Library supports a personal exchange network of periodicals and books.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):
Student Print Allowance: as part of the student fee budget, a $30 print allowance is allocated to every enrolled student each academic year. The print balance declines as students print from labs or kiosks.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:
All catalogs, course schedules, and directories are now available online. Printed copies of these items are no longer available.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
Nearly 100 percent of cardboard is recycled during each move-in. Roll-offs for cardboard are placed by each dumpster site, and staff members divert cardboard from the dumpsters as it is brought out. The staff members are on site throughout Move-in Weekend. During move-out, ECU partners with local charities in the Pirates Treasure program. Donation sites are set up at each residence hall. Food, clothing, and household items are all donated for local reuse at these sites.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
Grounds Services provides firewood from storm damaged trees to the School of Art for firing its kilns.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Data Source: Terry Little, ECU Recycling Coordinator

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