Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.74
Liaison Pat Van Duyne
Submission Date June 11, 2015
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Joliet Junior College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 3.00 Nick Sciaccotta
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
241.31 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 actual cost of recycling for JJC for FY2014 was $105,932 and included:
-2 part time recyclers (Custodial department)
-Grounds department expenses for composting in Food Service and Greenhouse
-Co-Mingled recycling disposal contract
-Bio-Degradable can liners
-Replacement cost of recycling containers
-Replacement cost of public-area trash/recycling containers

The college provides all campus faculty and general staff with desk-side recycling containers. Containers are also provided in classrooms, labs, offices, and public spaces for the collection of mixed paper, plastic bottles, glass and aluminum. There are approximately 1200 recycling containers around the four campuses.

In addition to the activities of the Sustainability Initiatives Committee, the college uses display cases, bulletin boards, and e-communications to promote the sustainability initiatives and to educate faculty, students and staff.

JJC has partnered with PepsiCo as part of the PepsiCo Dream Machine Recycling Program.

JJC works with Will County for annual recycling events for the local community.

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

The downtown Joliet Renaissance Center and the main campus Living Land Lab both donate surplus event food and crops to local food pantries and homeless shelters.

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

The main campus Food Services operations collects on a daily basis all vegetable and fruit scraps which come from the salad bar and catering production process. The scraps collected are picked up daily by Facility Services to be used in the agricultural fields.

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

The Food Services department does not have a post-consumer food waste composting program in place at this time.

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 Yes
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 No
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

Joliet Junior College works with Interface Carpets to recycle all used carpet tiles.

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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