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Liaison Jennifer Asman
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Georgia State University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Laurene Hamilton
Recycling Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
262.30 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,287.50 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:

Georgia State University is committed to protecting and improving the environment by recycling commonly used materials such as mixed paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, construction and demolition (C&D) materials and hazardous materials such as batteries, electronic equipment, mercury-containing lamps and oil. All members of Georgia State University (students, faculty, staff and contracted vendors) must comply with the recycling requirements in order to attain waste minimization goals and cost savings established by the administration.


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

The GSU Catholic Student Association volunteers deliver leftover university and catering food to nearby St Francis Table Shrine Kitchen on Fridays to be utilized for the 600 to 700 individuals they serve on Saturday mornings. In addition to large numbers of sandwiches and bagels, there is often hot food such as pizza and trays of spaghetti and meatballs or macaroni and cheese, fruit, salads, and deserts.


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

GSU utilizes Lean Path in its Dining Halls to reduce the amount of pre consumer food waste.The Dining Halls use a SOMAT machine to dispose, extract and pulp pre consumer and post-consumer waste into a confetti like mixture. Closed Loop, a leading organic recycling company based in Alpharetta, then picks up this mixture and takes it to Wilbros Organic Recovery and Biofuels in Toccoa, GA. Closed Loop combines food waste, yard waste, and wood waste creating a high quality organic compost with zero landfill contribution for re-sale. GSU Dining also uses GEO BIOFUEL, a socially and environmentally conscious "greenfuel" firm dedicated to providing energy while protecting the environment by using state-of-the-art "no spill" technology and making sure all oil collected is 100% recycled. The fuel produced (locally), made from natural, renewable resources makes it less toxic than table salt and as biodegradable as sugar!


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

The Dining Halls use a SOMAT machine to dispose, extract and pulp pre consumer and post-consumer waste into a confetti like mixture. Closed Loop, a leading organic recycling company based in Alpharetta, then picks up this mixture and takes it to Wilbros Organic Recovery and Biofuels in Toccoa, GA. Closed Loop combines food waste, yard waste, and wood waste creating a high quality organic compost with zero landfill contribution for re-sale.


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 No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs ---
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 ---
Tires ---

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