Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.78
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Sept. 9, 2014
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George Mason University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.57 / 3.00 Tyler Orton
Projects Innovation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
824.20 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
3,487.11 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:

George Mason University (Mason) has several programs that divert waste, primarily its recycling program; Patriot Pack Out, its residential halls move-out program; its surplus program where used computers and electronics are recycled once they are past their useful life and furniture can be reused across campus; E-Waste recycling bins; Recycling centers that have shadow boxes showing what is recyclable; a housing recycling program where every dorm room gets it's own recycling bin; and The Green Basketball Game where recycling was highlighted.

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

George Mason University has just started participating in the Campus Kitchens Program to share on-campus kitchen space, recover food from cafeterias and teach student volunteers to prepare and deliver meals to the community.

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

A portion of Mason's pre-comsumer food waste is picked up by DC Urban Greens where it is composed and used to grow healthy meals for the Washington DC community.

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

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Data for this field is for calendar year 2013

Data for this field is for calendar year 2013

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