Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 38.98
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2014
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Saint Mary's College of California
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.06 / 3.00 Joe Kehoe
Director (Ret.)
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
8.98 Tonnes

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
415.68 Tonnes

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:

Prior to 2013, SMC's waste/recycling vendor did not weigh any waste or recycling. Starting in 2013, SMC retained Mt. Diablo Recycling as their new waste management/recycling vendor. The following is a summary of SMC's beginning waste action plan:
-Deliver a covered 40 yard recycling Debris Box to to be placed next to compactor on site for weekly pickup or as needed.
-Do inventory on campus for all recycling containers on site at all site locations.
-Deliver 96 gallon recycling containers for each entrance to all buildings on campus.
-Place recycling crates for town house residents.
-Place 96/64 gallon recycling toters next to each garbage bin area as needed for recycling.
Deliver Mt. Diablo Recycling marketing materials for capus staff and students.
-Conduct meetings, trainings and presentations regarding The Recycling efforts for St. Mary's College students, staff, and all janitorial staff as needed.
-Collaborate with everybody on site as well as ourselves at Mt. Diablo Recycling so all interested parties understand our goals and have the ability to achieve those goals by working together.

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:


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

Sodexo uses LeanPath daily which measures food waste at each meal; educate the employees’ daily on results and ways to improve (in place and ongoing).

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 No
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
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:

Landscape clippings reused onsite as mulch throughout the campus.

For additional information on SMCs Waste Diversion and Recycling efforts, please visit the website link here: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/sustainability/greening-our-campus/waste-and-recycling

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