Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.54
Liaison Stephane Menand
Submission Date June 22, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Missouri University of Science and Technology
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.61 / 8.00 Stephane Menand
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 218.17 Tons 183.91 Tons
Materials composted 130 Tons 120 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 18.47 Tons 15.43 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 904.84 Tons 603.56 Tons
Total waste generated 1,271.48 Tons 922.91 Tons

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

Non applicable

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2015

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):

Most recent data

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,452 2,566
Number of employees resident on-site 15 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 7,941 8,554
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1,278 1,271
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 897 239
Weighted campus users 6,858.25 7,834

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.19 Tons 0.12 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
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
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:

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:

Signage, lid slits or holes, uniform recycling centers separate from waste but placed near the waste containers. Active sorting of plastic and cans by student volunteer group.

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:

Annual participation and placement in the Recyclemania Diversion Competition; Student led recycling at all sporting and academic events. Earth day on campus for outreach and the Opening Green Week to show incoming students where MS&T recycles and its importance for waste diversion. The E-bus transportation throughout campus and residential housing using only electric power. The use of geothermal renewable energy for heating the campus facilities during winter months.

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

Management assessment and plan for compacted waste as well as uniform design in buildings to minimize effort of waste collection.

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

Campus re-sell program for electronics and Chartwells dining halls reusable containers.

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

Surplus Property is a part of the Procurement Services Department that is responsible for the disposal, redistribution, and/or sale of used equipment/property that the University of Missouri and other Mid-Missouri government agencies and educational institutions no longer use. All University of Missouri property and equipment at the Surplus Property Warehouse is available to other University of Missouri departments at reasonable prices, and may be purchased up to the close of business on the Friday prior to public auctions or sales.

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):

Sell-back at the S&T Bookstore each semester and campus surplus electronic resale & refurbish.

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):

Missouri S&T is now using a print management system, PaperCut NG, in campus computer labs (CLCs). Students and instructors will be given a semester printing quota sufficient for completing academic work. This initiative will help conserve paper, toner and electricity and help ensure fair use of campus printing resources.
Print Management System benefits
o More equitable CLC printer use - This system should reduce time spent waiting in line while someone prints out a large print job.
o Environmental impact - This system is designed to reduce paper usage and reduce the amount of used toner cartridges that end up in landfills.
o Fiscally responsible - PaperCut NG should reduce the amount of paper and toner purchased by curtailing unnecessary printing.

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:

Missouri S&T’s Course Catalog information is made available online through the Office of the Registrar at http://registrar.mst.edu/cataloginfo/cataloginfo/. Course schedule information is also online for students, faculty and staff through Joe’SS and for guest access at https://joess.mst.edu/psp/prd/?cmd=login and clicking on the Guess access links.
The campus directory is no longer available in print. The directory is available online; a link is provided at the top of the University’s homepage. http://www.mst.edu/

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

Recycling containers are made available during move-out to capture extra recyclable waste. The Residential Life Department encourages all students to recycle in the residence halls during move-out. To reduce the waste generated from move-out, the department allows students to advertise the sale of unwanted items or give away furniture items.

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

Electronic wastes being recycled or resold from campus.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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