Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.06
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

Knox College
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.11 / 8.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 122.30 Tons 100.80 Tons
Materials composted 2.60 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 13.10 Tons 10.40 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 309.20 Tons 255.20 Tons
Total waste generated 447.20 Tons 366.40 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, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018

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

In 2017 a new vendor contract was established that included providing weights. Before 2017 we didn't have data regarding solid waste and recycling collected.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,078 1,155
Number of employees resident on-site 2 3
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,318 1,341
Full-time equivalent of employees 394 378
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 1,554 1,578.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.29 Tons 0.23 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 No
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal No
Pallets No
Tires No
Other (please specify below) No

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

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
6.75 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:

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

Signage is consistent across campus and the color blue is used to represent recycling on signs and bins. Small versions of the "what is recyclable" sign were made into magnets and distributed to each student. Since 2018, Knox has participated in RecycleMania and held weekly activities to get the word out.

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

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

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

There is a warehouse on campus that receives all used furniture, equipment, and office materials for reuse across campus.

The Office Supply Share is an easily accessible area where students, faculty, and staff can donate unused items or take items they need. It diverts several hundred pounds of material from the campus waste stream annually, while reducing expenditures and associated resource exploitation.

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

The Knox College Share Shop is open three days a week and, primarily used by students, allows for donations and "shopping" for still-good items that are no longer wanted by the original owner. This includes electronics, books, household goods, and clothing.

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

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

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

Since Spring 2012, Knox has attempted to divert as much waste from landfills as possible by having donation boxes in each residence during Move out, in which items are collected and sorted by student staff. These items stock the campus Share Shop or are donated to local thrift stores.

During move in - RAs work with new students and custodial workers to separate cardboard from packing materials, so that the majority of packing items are properly recycled or can be reused, instead of going to the landfill.

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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