Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.59
Liaison Kelsey McCormick
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.95 / 3.00 Jeff Clark
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
300 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:

Single-stream recycling bins are available across campus, and pre- and post-consumer food waste is composted.

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

Our food service provider regularly donates excess edible food to the local chapter of the Salvation Army.

Additionally, students may choose to donate the balance of their meal plan fund to local charities at the end of the academic year. In June 2011, students donated over $3000 to the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley, the Humane Society, and COTS (a local homeless shelter).

The Lawrence University Food Recovery Network recovers leftovers from Bon Appetit three nights a week and brings the food to local charities.

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

Kitchen and food-prep waste are taken three times a week to the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG).

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

Post-consumer waste (or "plate scrapings") are turned into a biosludge and applied to farm fields. Due to our tray-free dining hall, post-consumer compostable waste is minimal.

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 No
Motor oil Yes
Tires No

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

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