Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Marcela Marín Arias
Submission Date Sept. 17, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Marcela Marín Arias
Coordinadora Sistema de Gestión Ambiental
Ciencias Ambientales y de la Construcción
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 16 Tons 17.20 Tons
Materials composted 23.90 Tons 25.30 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 40.40 Tons 58.90 Tons
Total waste generated 80.30 Tons 101.40 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:

Not applicable


Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2019 Sept. 30, 2019
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2018 Sept. 30, 2018

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

We were registered as waste generators in 2015. However, we only have records of all ITM campuses since 2018. For that reason, 2018 is our generation baseline.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 0 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 22,737 23,547
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 538 529
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 100 100
Weighted campus users 17,381.25 17,982

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.00 Tons 0.01 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
18.07

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
49.69

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
49.69

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets No
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

Used lamps and batteries are delivered to a hazardous waste disposal company.


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
0 Tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

We audit the company ASEI, which is in charge of managing the hazardous waste generated at the ITM.


A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

• Recycling points installed for waste sorting
• Campaigns in offices to review the waste sorting process
• Campaigns in the squares of the campuses with recreational and educational activities related to waste sorting
• Recycling bins to dispose of batteries and plastic bottles
• Digital campaigns on social networks and by email
• Laboratory inspections
• Training to cafeteria staff in topics such as waste sorting and composting
• Guided visits to the composting area for students and employees
• Compost given to employees and students in educational campaigns


A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

Every year we conduct an internal audit and an external audit. These two audits cover not only waste management issues, but also everything related to the Environmental Management System and our compliance with ISO 14001 standards


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

Not applicable


A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

We have a warehouse where we store used office elements that are later reused in other offices that require them


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):

Not applicable


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

• There is a charge for printing more than 20 pages.
• We distribute paper reams individually to every office.
• A print log is kept to track consumption indicators.
• Offices are monitored to reduce their paper and ink consumption


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

We do not have a policy to manage classroom resources online, but teachers are not allowed to print classroom materials in institutional printers.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Not applicable


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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