Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.35
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2011
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Gettysburg College
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.05 / 3.00 John Beauchamp
No Longer with the College
Facilities Services
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Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
294.90 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
549.46 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate:

Gettysburg College follows the EPA format of reduction, reuse, recycling and composting, incineration, then landfill. The college reduces waste by using more energy and water efficient mechanisms (EnergyStar products and a student shuttle system). Gettysburg College reuses ink and toner cartridges, drink containers, the annual donation event(The Give it up for Good Sale), among many others. The college recycles using single stream recycling and students are encouraged to compost at the dining hall and in the sustainability theme house; employees typically compost yard waste. Gettysburg College incinerates flammable liquids and waste oil among other things to reduce landfill waste.
At the end of each academic year, Gettysburg College collects donations from students, community members, and departments for the "Give it up for Good Sale." This sale, a collaboration between the college's Facilities Services and the United Way of Adams County not only prevents a significant amount of waste from entering landfills, it offers local college and community members low-priced quality food, clothes, furniture, and other goods. All proceeds of this sale benefit the United Way of Adams County.


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