Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.88
Liaison Jim Simon
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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Gonzaga University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.20 / 3.00 Linda Leonard
Custodial Manager
Plant Services
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
2,261.78 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
823 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:

Gonzaga University follows the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Donate philosophy. Gonzaga tries to reuse as much of our surplus items, such as furniture, etc., as possible by offering it to Campus wide departments for their re-use. If there is no demonstrated need for the surplus items, then we donate them to charities, Neighborhood Centers, public and private schools, Homeless programs, etc. If there is no need for the items by these agencies, then we recycle them or offer them to re-sellers, or dismantlers. We also collect food scraps from the COG dining and put them in a compostable compactor. This compactor is emptied weekly at a composting facility. We also send all of our Grounds waste to a composting facility. We utilize a single stream recycling program that greatly improved the number of items recycled, including plastics numbered 1-7.

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

Leftover food is donated to Campus Kitchens and the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Campus Kitchens is a national project that partners with high schools, colleges, and universities to share on-campus kitchen space, recover food from cafeterias, and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community. 2nd Harvest is a regional project which provides food to food banks, meal sites and other hunger-relief programs in the Inland Northwest. Its donated inventory comes from the food industry, community food drives and other important partnerships.

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

Compost food scraps are used in a root to stem program to reduce waste.

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

Compostable compactor and compost dehydrator are associated with campus food services.

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:

Demolition waste is recycled as much as possible.

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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