Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Florida International University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.78 / 3.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
2561 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
7285 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:

FIU Recycles is the overall recycling program for all of FIU's campuses. It incorporates different recycling streams; single-stream, ink cartridges, and batteries. The program is managed by the FIU Facilities Management Department and the FIU Office of University Sustainability handles the outreach and education for the program. Internally, FIU recycles light bulbs & ballasts, wood pallets, tires, and used oil & rags.

FIU continues to work on improving its diversion rate by switching out trash and recycling bins to paired bins that have the same look and utilize the verbiage "landfill" and "recycling" so that people can make a more educated decision when disposing on something. FIU also focuses on recycling education in the form of workshops to employees and students and participation in RecycleMania. FIU came in first in the state of Florida for the 2016 RecycleMania competition.


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

The goal is to have zero waste and left-overs from Aramark Panther Dining operations. They try to achieve this through using unused portions in other recipes & using a food waste auditing program. They currently do not produce a sufficient amount of food waste to donate to a homeless shelter on a weekly basis. We do donate dry goods and fresh produce at the end of the semester when we are clearing inventory for winter/summer break. Panther Dining has developed a relationship with Miami Rescue Mission and Chapman Homeless Shelters who benefit from our food donations.


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

Fresh Food Company, Faculty Club & Panther Catering composts their pre-consumer food waste and coffee grounds at the organic garden on campus. The composting program is possible with the help of partners, Aramark Grounds, Agroecology Program at FIU, and Garden Club. This effort has kept over nineteen tons of vegetative waste and coffee grounds out of the landfill and has helped supply the organic garden on campus with enough soil to expand their garden ¼ acre with tropical fruit trees and has kept them from outsourcing their soil for a year. The produce grown from the soil Panther Dining helped produce is sold to the local FIU community through the weekly farmer’s market. The compost area has also been a tool for workshops and tours to educate students, faculty and staff on how composting works and how it can be imitated at home.


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

FIU currently does not have any post-consumer food waste composting.


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 No
Food for animals No
Food composting No
Cooking oil No
Plant materials composting No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries No
Light bulbs No
Toner/ink-jet cartridges No
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
Scrap metal No
Pallets No
Motor oil No
Tires No

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