|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Liaison||Karen Eckert, Ph.D.|
|Submission Date||Nov. 30, 2015|
OP-23: Waste Diversion
|1.58 / 3.00||
Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
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:
We have an active re-use/recycle program that includes single stream recycling; scrap and precious metals; capital construction (recycling of steel/ aluminum/ glass from windows, boilers, chillers, condensers, motors, piping, etc.); electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, printer ink cartridges, and some “hazardous” waste such as motor oil and antifreeze; and clothing/surplus donations and sales (including furniture and vehicles). We have invested in upgrading our infrastructure with a larger transformer, circuitry, and replaced the wiring in the Facilities’ shed that accommodates a new 40-yd compacting unit required for our Single Stream Recycling program. Outreach occurs through numerous announcements about the recycling program to faculty, staff, and students through emails, posters, newsletters, websites, and meetings. Focal points: Facilities Department, Center for Sustainability, student “EcoHeads”.
A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:
A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
Principia Dining Services has nearly achieved "zero waste" with the most recent audit documenting an 89% diversion rate - with 100% of all pre- and post-consumer food waste composted. Food waste is processed by a Somat, the constituent water returned to the conveyor line, and the food material composted.
A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
Composting is available at all dining locations. 50% of all student residences offer in-house composting, student-run. The Science Building (one of three main academic buildings on campus) - and the Department of Facilities - also offer in-house composting for all students, faculty and staff.
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 for animals||No|
|Plant materials composting||Yes|
|Animal bedding composting||No|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||Yes|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
The Department of Facilities has a strong waste diversion program that also includes paints, construction waste, and precious metals.
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