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Liaison Ruth Miller
Submission Date March 7, 2016
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Gettysburg College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John Beauchamp
No Longer with the College
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
28.50 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
730 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:

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 the dining hall composts organic waste used by local farms including the student-run Painted Turtle Farm. The sustainability theme house also maintains a compost pile that is open to the whole campus.
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. It not only prevents a significant amount of waste from entering landfills, but also 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.


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

The dining hall regularly donates unused leftover food to the Campus Kitchen Project, a student-run community kitchen founded in 2007 by student Louisa Polos'08 after a service-learning trip to DC Central Kitchen. The mission of the Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a tool to:
* Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in the community;
* Empower Minds by providing leadership and service-learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families; and
* Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.

Since November 2007, the Campus Kitchen has rescued over 20,000 pounds of food and served over 10,000 meals.


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

We collect pre-consumer waste for the student garden on campus. Waste is collected by volunteers or student interns, who move the waste from the dining center to the garden with wheelbarrows.


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

The dining center is in the process of installing an Ecovim to compost post-consumer food waste that will be donated to local farms.


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 ---
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:

Plastic bag recycling containers have recently been added to all on-campus housing buildings.


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