Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.70 / 8.00 Renee Theroux-Keech
Interim Director
Office of Facilities Management & Planning
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 330.70 Tons 85.81 Tons
Materials composted 42 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 514.23 Tons 1,829.04 Tons
Total waste generated 886.93 Tons 1,914.85 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2021 June 30, 2022
Baseline Period July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,828 2,628
Number of employees resident on-site 11 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 4,001 5,440
Full-time equivalent of employees 694 744
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 258 440
Weighted campus users 3,787.50 4,968

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.23 Tons 0.39 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 Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics 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) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

In summer 2021, 3.466 tons of microfiche were recycled, and the bleachers in the Sports Center were replaced, with the old bleachers being recycled, amounting to 20.625 tons of wood and 14.11 tons of steel recycled. Also, 18 microfiche cabinets and 212 linear feet of library shelving have been re-sold. An industrial dryer was also re-sold. Any vehicles that are no longer used are sold on the State's auction site to other state institutions.
Instead of disposing of old residence hall furniture, Eastern works with the Department of Corrections to get them refinished and reupholstered.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

Dumpsters are color-coded (green for recycling and blue for trash) along with signage to help students properly recycle.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

Chartwell's, our dining services provider, added educational signage on food waste and its impacts to the dining hall, Hurley Hall. Reusable take-home containers were instated in place of disposable take-home containers in Hurley Hall. However, this practice was halted due to the pandemic, necessitating a return to single-use to-go containers and flatware during the 2020 academic year. Reusable to-go containers and reusable flatware have been reintroduce to Hurley Hall in fall 2021.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

Since the summer of 2015, staff of the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) have conducted monthly waste audits of all campus dumpsters and recycling to note the percentage of contamination in each, as well as the use of dumpsters provided to the campus. This information was used to inform waste and recycling behaviors across campus. However, the waste audits were halted in March of 2020 due the the pandemic and the ISE has been unable to resume the assessments due to budgetary restraints and COVID-19 concerns.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Surplus supplies are emailed out across faculty and staff distribution lists so that excess office supplies (ink, toner, paper, notebooks, etc.) may be utilized by various on-campus departments.
In spring 2021, Eastern sold 6-7 bays of book shelves from the library to another state institution, as well as a large commercial dryer and some used vehicles. All of these items were sold on the state surplus site, where other Connecticut state institutions can purchase them at a reduced cost. Eastern also purchases from this state site as well. These practices reduce waste, encourage reusing items, and allow participating institutions to save money.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

Surplus supplies are emailed out across faculty and staff distribution lists so that excess office supplies (ink, toner, paper, notebooks, etc.) may be utilized by various on-campus departments.
Eastern Sigma Tau Delta Book Sale, where students can bring books to swap or pay low prices for reused books.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

Free printing is completely restricted for Eastern students. Students are charged $0.05 per page that they print. While there are no mandates calling students to print all documents double-sided, they are only charged for one page rather than two when they print double-sided documents, and some printers are set to print double-sided automatically.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Due to the pandemic, Eastern transitioned everything online for remote work and virtual classes, during the spring 2020 semester. Hybrid and online courses were offered for students throughout the 2020 academic year (fall 2020-spring 2021). Many of the same platforms continue to be used even as on-ground classes have resumed in fall 2021. Telecommuting also remains an option for some employees.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Since 2012 there has been a Move Out Swap Shop during the year-end May move-out. Students drop off or swap unwanted items like clothes and furniture. These items are diverted from dumpsters and instead donated to local charities. More recently, Move Out Swaps were prohibited due to the pandemic. However, observations have shown that students have reduced their unnecessary disposal of items. Eastern plans to continue Move Out Swap Shop when it is safe to do so.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

Recycling outreach has been increased through the continued dissemination of a label clarifying materials for single-stream recycling. This label has been dispersed through residence halls and place on recycling bins throughout the campus's classrooms and offices. These labels continue to be placed throughout campus buildings as needed.
Recycling videos: (on ISE Publications page)

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Information for this credit was provided by Renee Theroux-Keech, Director of Facilities Management & Planning.

Data reported here reflects waste and recycling from summer and fall 2021 and spring of 2022 of Fiscal Year 2022. General waste and recycling data for the performance year was estimated based on one week of weight data from September 2021 and January 2022.

Weighted campus user figures reflect data from the 2020-2021 academic year to pair with the waste and recycling data from Fiscal Year 2022 reported above. Weighted campus user figures for the 2021-2022 academic year have yet to be released. Data from PRE 5 reflects data from Fiscal Year 2020/2019-2020 academic year.

34.735 tons (bleachers) + 3.466 tons (microfiche) + 160.68 tons (general estimate of weekly waste fall 2021) + 131.82 (general estimate of weekly waste spring 2022) = 330.701 tons of materials recycled

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