Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.33
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Johnson County Community College
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.26 / 8.00 Krystal Anton
Recycling & Waste Minimization Coord
Center for Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 317 Tons 143.40 Tons
Materials composted 21.89 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 40 Tons 12.50 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 217 Tons 841.04 Tons
Total waste generated 595.89 Tons 996.94 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021
Baseline Period Jan. 1, 2010 Dec. 31, 2010

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

Paper was the only material recycled on the JCCC campus prior to 2010. Additionally, composting of food waste began in June 2010. Additionally, weights for landfill waste were not tracked prior to 2010, so that is the farthest back in time our data covers.

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 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 10,488 25,257
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,371 1,908
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,508 2,052
Weighted campus users 7,763.25 18,834.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.08 Tons 0.05 Tons

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

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

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

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
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

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

We resell and donate everything that comes out of surplus. with minimal disposal.
Other recycled items include Batteries, cosmotology waste, and woodwaste.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
3 Tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

Student interns monitor recycling containers on the grounds, scrap metal and wood waste. Student interns do recycling pickups from docks and sort those materials. All materials that come through the Easy Office Cleanout bins are hand sorted. Waste audits are conducted every year to determine contamination rates and next steps towards diversion. When a collection system is new, we do spot checks for contamination for several weeks and then make adjustments to the system through bin location or signage.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

Center staff offer numerous game-related opportunities to learn about recycling and waste behaviors. We support campus-wide and large staff events with sustainability interns to collect compostable materials and educate. Staff and student interns conduct numerous tours of recycling center and compost facility. Special events (fundraisers and open to the community) employ reused centerpieces made from items found on campus. We have marketing pieces in the food court encouraging reusable greenies and utensils over disposables. PDD on Greener giveaways and a guide for fully compostable pumpkin decorating.

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

Please see: http://www.jccc.edu/sustainability/projects/recycling/waste-audit.html
Small scale waste audits are conducted yearly by student groups, environmental science classes, and student interns. Large scale waste characterization studies are done about every 5 years.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

The Contractor will coordinate with a representative from the College’s Office of Sustainability to responsibly recycle where
possible, including potential staging (on-site) of recyclable materials or items that the College may reuse, repurpose, or recycle.
The College has first right of refusal on all recyclable materials, but may elect to have Contractor remove and responsibly
recycle or dispose of waste.

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

We have a centrally located room dedicated to surplus office supply storage and distribution. We call the store and associated program the R.O.S.E. Store (Reusable Office Supply Exchange) and it is managed by student interns. The store is available to all employees. Higher value items are put onto the JCCC listserv by sustainability and delivered once claimed.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

The JCCC institutional listserv acts as an internal Craigslist, where the campus community exchanges items. Sustainability also lists specific items that are available for reuse on the listserv, keeps a running list of people looking for specific items, and contacts the arts dept., maintenance, or the tech depts. with information on items they might find useful.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

We use a printing tracking and limiting software called PaperCut to monitor, limit, and facilitate the purchase of additional printing allotments, should a student need them. Office printers/copiers are default to double sided printing.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Center for Sustainability staff discuss paperless conversion options at new staff orientations and during all E3 office program evaluations. The majority of forms and processes are now available online through InfoHub. Course catalogs, schedules, and directories are all online.

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

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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