Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date Jan. 17, 2014
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Loyola University Chicago
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
299.90 Tons
+ Date Revised: Aug. 19, 2015

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
574.30 Tons
+ Date Revised: Aug. 19, 2015

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

Loyola donates its waste vegetable oil to Loyola's Biodiesel Production Program. The fuel processed in the Biodiesel Program uses 100% waste vegetable oil as feedstock. Students participating in the Biodiesel Program also created "BioSoap" formed entirely from biodiesel production and the vegetable oil from campus cafeterias. The soap is sold on both the Water Tower and Lake Shore Campuses and all proceeds benefit the continued success of the Biodiesel Program.


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

Loyola is committed to minimizing its environmental footprint by fostering a culture that reduces, reuses, and recycles waste. This commitment includes supporting a closed-loop waste management process that works to reduce source packaging, enabling recovery and reuse of discarded materials, and recycling waste to create raw materials for other purposes. We are always seeking new and innovative ways to minimize our environmental footprint.


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

Loyola began the first phase of a new Compost Collection Program launched in August 2012 that collects plate waste from one of its largest, buffet-style dining halls (Simpson) and hauls it to a non-Loyola large-scale composting site. In fact, 25 pounds of coffee grounds from the Simpson Dining Hall were composted in a single month. The long-term plan for the program is to collect compost food waste from both buffet-style dining halls, the a la carte dining venue, campus cafes, and catering.


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 Yes
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

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

We have specific programs for text books and cell phones.


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