Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.54
Liaison Rebecca Quesnell
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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Roosevelt University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 3.00 Rebecca Quesnell
Sustainable Operations Coordinator
Physical Resources
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
166.51 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
320.79 Tons
+ Date Revised: Jan. 14, 2016

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:

Compost program, recycling bin upgrade in new (2012) Wabash building, signage, and tri-sorter recycling on all residence hall floors in the Wabash Building.

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

Roosevelt's Schaumburg campus community gardeners make food donations (produce) to a local food pantry (typically in October or November) and the University [departments] will typically hold food drives a couple of times throughout the year. Additionally, once a year students can opt to donate their flex dollars (system for students to purchase food in the Wabash Dining Center) and the dining center then purchases turkeys and donates the turkeys to a local food pantry for those in need. Lastly, during any University close-down periods, food gets donated as much as possible to help reduce the waste of food that could otherwise be used by others in need.

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

All pre-consumer compostable food waste is sent to the University’s compost system. We use a SOMAT pulper machine that is in the back of house dining center area. Roosevelt University has been recognized by the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) as a Gold Partner by “demonstrating the highest level of commitment to food scrap diversion by composting both pre- and post-consumer food scrap.”

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

Also utilizing the Wabash Dining Center SOMAT pulper machine, post-consumer food waste is composted if students put it in the appropriate spot--i.e., the materials must be put in the designated area. However, the compostable to-go containers with food are sometimes taken outside the dining center and thus not put through the SOMAT.

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 No
Tires No

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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