Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.16
Liaison Michael Gulich
Submission Date March 27, 2013
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Purdue University
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.12 / 3.00 Michael Gulich
Director of University Sustainability
University Sustainability
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Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
10,194 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
4,251 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate:

On October 20, 2011 Purdue’s Physical Facilities department received the Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for recycling and reuse. The University's award application highlighted the campus community's commitment to recycling by focusing on the implementation of the dual-stream desk-side recycling and waste-to-energy programs. Strongly complementing the established traditional recycling program, Purdue also diverts four tons of food waste from the landfill each week and converts it into clean, sustainable energy sources by utilizing the on-site equipment at the City of West Lafayette Waste Water Treatment Plant. The food waste from Purdue dining courts is converted to energy that is used to augment the plant's electrical supply. More information can be found at:

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