Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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Middlebury College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jack Byrne
Director of Sustainability Integration
Environmental Affair
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
760.35 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
418.02 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:

Middlebury has an on-campus material re-use facility, commonly known as the recycling center, with bailers, a trash compactor, a paper shredder, and a glass pulverizer. The recycling center also has a reuse trailer where members of the college community can come to purchase reusable items collected during move-out or brought to the center throughout the year. All buildings on campus have well-labeled recycling stations, making recycling simple and convenient for members of the college community. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff receive a flyer at the beginning of the academic year instructing them what can be recycled at Middlebury as well as how to properly sort their recycling at the stations in their dorms or offices. More information about recycling at Middlebury can be found here: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/recycle


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

A collaborative effort between Dining Services and Facilities Management turns about 360 tons of food waste into rich piles of compost for use in greenhouses and gardens, and as soil amendment on campus. Food prep scraps, waxed cardboard, paper towels, napkins and food prep waste paper is composted.


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

Postconsumer food residuals, waxed cardboard, and paper towels are composted. Plate waste (post consumer food residuals) is run through a pulper to remove excess water. All dining halls on campus compost postconsumer waste and all retail operations also have compost bins available.


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 No
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 Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

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