Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.85
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Principia College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.58 / 3.00 Ed Goewert
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
113.56 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
101.84 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:

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 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 No
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:

The Department of Facilities has a strong waste diversion program that also includes paints, construction waste, and precious metals.

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