Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 29.82
Liaison Brandon Hoover
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Messiah College
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 8.00 Brandon Hoover
Director of Sustainability
Operations
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 314.01 Tons 314.01 Tons
Materials composted 32.25 Tons 32.25 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 5.50 Tons 5.50 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 820.85 Tons 820.85 Tons
Total waste generated 1172.61 Tons 1172.61 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017

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):

Our waste data is based in estimates, and our primary point person for waste has changed twice since 2008 (our standard baseline year for most sustainability efforts). We chose to use 2016 as a baseline year because we knew the waste system had not changed much and we could estimate it using the same system as 2017.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2317 2320
Number of employees resident on-site 14 14
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 14 14
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3182 3216
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 719.35 719.35
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 462 465
Weighted campus users 3176.26 3200.26

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.37 Tons 0.37 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
30.00

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
30.00

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

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

We partner with Mennonite Central Committee to recover items during the move-out period


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) :
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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?:
Yes

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?:
No

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?:
No

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

Our compost workers mitigate contamination by going through most of the post-consumer waste in order to remove plastics and trash


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:

We use uniform coloring and signage when possible on campus and are active in waste education such as waste watching events


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

The only auditing we do is in our dining facilities in relation to compost. We monitor that data each month to ensure there are no significant changes in procedures.


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):
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A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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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):
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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):

all printing must be paid for by students or out of departmental accounts. Additionally, faculty and staff are able to print double sided. Lastly, faculty and strongly encouraged to allow students to submit assignments electronically via the course management platform


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:

nothing is available online by default


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

Move-In cardboard waste is recovered and sent to out waste hauler. Additionally, Move-Out waste is collected each year in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee


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

We recover electronic waste, scrap metal, food waste, yard clippings, and abandoned bicycles.


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