Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.96
Liaison Jacob Saffert
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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Saint John's University
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.28 / 3.00 Ben Roske
SJU Office Sustainability
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Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
276 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
371 Tons

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

We have an extensive commingled recycling system throughout all public buildings, offices, athletic facilities, and residential halls. We provide recycling bins to all employees and students, both privately (in individual dorm rooms and offices), and in all public areas. There is also an educational signage and poster system in place to make our recycling program more convenient, visible, and understandable. All of our food waste is sent to a local pig farm where it recycled into pig feed. SJU also participates in Recyclemania to increase recycling on campus and interact with students by personal education in the residential halls. We also work with WACOSA Services for employees with disabilities in which they are hired to pick up collected plastic bottles and wrapping for their recycling program. At the end of the year, we have a Move-Out program which encourages students to donate unwanted items that would otherwise be put in the trash. Monitoring waste and recycling dumpsters is constantly carried out so as to find ways to reduce waste and increase recycling.

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