Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.81
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Loyola University Chicago
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.61 / 8.00 Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 446 Tons 272 Tons
Materials composted 193 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 3 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 631 Tons 1,100 Tons
Total waste generated 1,273 Tons 1,372 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 Jan. 1, 2019 Dec. 31, 2019
Baseline Period Jan. 1, 2010 Dec. 31, 2010

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
This is the first year that we have good data tracking on waste data. Our previous hauler did not provide reporting. This was the first complete year with the new waste hauler.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 4,725 3,753
Number of employees resident on-site 20 25
Number of other individuals resident on-site 78 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 15,983 14,341
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,844 2,639
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 534 114
Weighted campus users 14,984 13,594

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.08 Tons 0.10 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 Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:
We have specific programs for text books and cell phones.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
4 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:
This is a guess. We do not know our contamination rates. Zero waste events (bin goalies), Signage and education campaigns, Bin placement and signage.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:
WasteWeek, RecycleMania, Display boxes above bins, Zero Waste Events

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
Targeted waste audits prior to operational shifts. Example: When we added composting.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
We have a sustainability policy in our purchasing manual that addresses waste in procurement.

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
In purchasing we have a Redistribution of Assets program.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:
Student Env. Alliance conducts a number of goods exchanges each year.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:
Each student, staff, faculty must pay to print on public printers (labs, libraries, etc) through their student card. Printer is automatically set to double-side default.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
There has been a significant digitizing effort for university records across over 15 departments.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
Loyola students, faculty, staff, alumni and the extended university community realize the rates of resource consumption greatly impact the availability of resources for future generations and are committed to reduce material and energy use on campus and beyond. The program "Think Green and Give" is a charitable collection event in which gently used, clean clothing and household items, and nonperishable unopened food/toiletries are collected at the end of the academic year when students move out of the residence halls for the summer. Anything collected through Think Green and Give is donated to America's Disabled and local food pantries.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
Participation in student waste projects, competitions, education campaigns and many more. Student-led campaigns banned the sale of bottled water and the free distribution of plastic bags. An annual effort to reduce single-use beverage containers has taken place for the last three years.

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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