Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.47
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Loyola Marymount University
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.32 / 8.00 William J. Stonecypher, Jr
Manager Facilities/Waste Management
Facilities Management
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 4840.26 Tonnes 606 Tonnes
Materials composted 142 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials donated or re-sold 1069.75 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 1790.18 Tonnes 1412 Tonnes
Total waste generated 7842.18 Tonnes 2018 Tonnes

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

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2015 May 31, 2016
Baseline Year June 1, 2004 May 31, 2005

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):

This year was adopted as we continued to ramp up our recycle efforts.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3210 3172
Number of employees resident on-site 40 9
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 7906 7119
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1921 1099
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 8182.75 6958.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.96 Tonnes 0.29 Tonnes

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

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

Electronic waste per California State Law must be recycled. LMU Recycling has conducted a robust community e-waste recycling program on Campus for over a decade.

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) :

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?:

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?:

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?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):

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:

yes we have our own recycle plant this does bundling, sorting, pick up, sales, donations, and audits.

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 grants winner from cal recycle for bins and signage, signs, email campaigns, recycle mania contest.

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

yes we have our own recycle plant this does bundling, sorting, pick up, sales, donations, and audits.

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

reuseable, some vendors take waste back for ink printers, take machines back, or reduced packaging and pallets etc.

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

Loyola Marymount University does participate in materials exchange. In the summer of 2011, the dining hall was remodeled and all chairs and tables were donated to nonprofit companies such as the Dream Center and Midnight Mission. When there is a surplus of materials, the Center for Service in Action department is contacted so they can reach out to local nonprofit organizations and see if they are in need of any materials or equipment. When certain equipment is replaced, it is sent to the contractor for resale, rather than thrown out for scrap.

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):

free store occurs during some farmers market with student gov left over clothing etc is donated. there are facebook groups as well as some online platforms

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):

LMU does limit free printing for students in all computer labs and the library. Free printing is limited for students through a donated monetary stipend of $25 for each school year. The allocated money can be used exclusively for black and white printing in the library and computer labs and costs 10 cents per page, allowing each student only 250 available pages to print. Color printing is not included in the donated money portion. On average, the library produces approximately 500,000 pages per semester. Loyola Marymount University’s student population approaches 6,000, each with 250 available pages to print for free. This means only 66% of the free printing is used each year. Before 1999, all printing from the library was free. LMU began charging students who printed more than 250 pages, which significantly contributed to the reduction of printing and paper waste on campus. In the case that a student surpasses 250 pages, they must use their own money to print on all printers located in the library and/or computer labs. By limiting “free” printing to only 250 pages students are discouraged to use printers located in the library and computer labs because they are charged for any printing beyond this capacity.

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:

LMU does make course catalogs, course schedules, and directories readily available online as a primary source for students to look for class-related information. Students are assigned an account on a university shared website called PROWL where students register for classes and find all the information about each individual class which include but not limited to: course schedules, directories for each department and major, advisor information, transcripts, academic records, course descriptions, syllabuses, professors’ contact information, and up-to-date changes to the class criteria. There is also another university share website called MYLMU Connect where students can receive the most up-to-date changes in syllabus, criteria, schedules, or class assignments which is specific to each class that are registered for.

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

The LMU Recycling Team manages a comprehensive strategy for student move-out that includes recycling a large amount of cardboard, paper, and other items. Additionally, LMU partners with Planet Aid to collect clothing and shoes for re-use. Other reusable items (i.e. furniture, school supplies, electronics, etc.) are re-used and recycled when it is feasible.

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

Dining Services Inorganic Waste Minimization:
Bulk condiments are offered to reduce packaging waste
Many of our cleaning products are in concentrated form to reduce packaging
Our napkin dispensers dispense only one napkin at a time to minimize excess usage.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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