Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.41
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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Raritan Valley Community College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.45 / 3.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
219 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
233 Tons
+ Date Revised: Aug. 21, 2015

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:

RVCC has recycling bins all across campus, and in 2011 started recycling all plastics #1-7 as part of the Somerset County recycling program. Batteries, electronics, light bulbs, pallets, cell phones, and printer cartridges are recycled or donated. The kitchen composts pre-consumer food waste, and we are just starting to roll out post-consumer organics collection in eating areas. Trash cans were removed from classrooms, to encourage recycling in the bins in the hallways.

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

Student organizations collect food donations for a local food pantry. CulinArt, the food contractor, donates unserved trays of leftover food to the Somerset Food Bank.

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

In all food preparation, CulinArt disposes of food waste and organics in separate organics collection containers. This waste is collected by our waste management service and taken to an off-site composting facility.

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

RVCC has implemented a post-consumer food waste composting program. Five organics collection bins are located in the cafeteria and the cafe.

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 No
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

Landfill and compost numbers are from Waste Management. Recycling numbers are estimates based on collection container size and frequency of collection. Somerset County collects our recycling and does not provide tonnage data.

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