Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.05
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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Grand Valley State University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.51 / 3.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
1,066.50 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,056 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:

We have a student recycling team that drives a small van and picks up the recycling from the containers in the academic buildings. The custodians in the housing buildings set the recycling out on the curb. The recycle team picks these up as well. Scrap metal is brought to the Service Building to our Padnos container. We have purchased new recycling containers for every building in the last 7 years. Pre and post consumer compostable material is placed in a separate container and picked up daily to be taken to Spurt Industries to be turned into top soil.

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

Campus Dining donates to local food pantries at the end of each semester. Through a partnership with Food Donation Connection, excess baked goods and produce are donated to Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, MI.

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

Pre-Consumer composting is available at all of our dining locations. We have separate bins for composting, recycling, and landfill waste at all of our dining locations for ease of separation. Our goal is to be zero waste and eliminate the landfill bin all together.

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

Post-Consumer food composting is available at all of our dining locations. Separate bins for composting, recycling and landfill are easily accessible for all customers to separate their items. Campus Dining also has a “Green Team” actively educating and showing students how to separate their trash to eventually reach zero waste in the dining halls. This team routinely stands out by the trash receptacles and educates students on the importance of composting and recycling to eliminate trash from going to landfills. We use compostable service ware and trash liners to encourage composting and landfill diversion.

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:

Computers and e-waste.

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