Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.53
Liaison Taryn Wilkinson
Submission Date Aug. 10, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Niagara College Canada
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.05 / 3.00 Taryn Wilkinson
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
657.90 Tonnes

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
307.11 Tonnes

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:

Niagara College has implemented many programs to increase the diversion rate. These programs include new waste hauler contracts, an expanded composting program; new four stream waste receptacles that include signs depicting what can and cannot be placed in the landfill waste stream, co-mingled plastics stream, paper stream, and organics stream. Sustainability Ambassadors also assist students and employees during Orientation Week at the beginning of each semester, and large events as to what bin particular waste items can be placed in.


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

The Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute donates all leftover food where possible. With more charities not allowing leftover food from vendors in Ontario it is becoming increasingly difficult to find charities to take the food. All leftover food that cannot be donated to charities is provided to students to take home; there is no prepared food waste coming out of this facility.


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

All dining services at Niagara College are required to utilize a pre-consumer food waste composting program within the food preparation area of the dining service areas including Benchmark, Bench-to-Go and cafeteria services at Niagara College. All pre-consumer organic scraps are placed in a composting bin provided by Niagara College. These practices are extended to catering services as well as daily meal preparations.


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

Dining Services at Niagara College has a post-consumer food waste composting program throughout the college including Benchmark, Bench-to-Go and cafeteria services at Niagara College. All bins supporting post-consumer organic composting have clear signage indicating what can be composted. There are composting bins located throughout all Niagara College campuses, which is available for employee, student, and community member use after meals as well as to support catered events in an around the campus. Extra composting bins are available for a catered event upon request.


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 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:

Scrap wood, including but not limited to pallets; Asphalt; Latex/Nitrile Gloves


The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.