Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.14
Liaison Sean Vormwald
Submission Date April 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Onondaga Community College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.31 / 3.00 Sean Vormwald
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
36.03 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
46.18 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:

The College finished strong in RecycleMania 2015, a national recycling contest between colleges and universities. Onondaga placed 1st in New York State in the Waste Minimization category, meaning that Onondaga generated very little trash and recyclables per person compared with other campuses. The College has recycling bins throughout campus including battery recycling collection containers. Onondaga also has a “carry in, carry out” policy for many classrooms, with centralized recycling and trash bins located in hallways rather than classrooms in order to significantly reduce the need for plastic liners.


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:

The College composts pre-consumer food waste from the cafeteria. The waste is collected by dining services staff and hauled to a nearby composting facility administered by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency.


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