Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.91
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

San Jose State University
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.72 / 8.00 Debbie Andres
Utilities & Sustainability Analyst
FD&O
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 4,438 Tons 5,475.13 Tons
Materials composted 567 Tons 566 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 1,517 Tons 1,145 Tons
Total waste generated 6,522 Tons 7,186.13 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018
Baseline Period Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

The 2013 baseline was adopted because 2013 is the first year that all correct waste streams were accounted for.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3,929 3,659
Number of employees resident on-site 128 81
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 27,979 26,796
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,956 3,819
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,948 0
Weighted campus users 22,754.50 23,896.25

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.29 Tons 0.30 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
4.69

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
76.74

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
76.74

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

100% of our used cooking oil goes to off-campus Biodiesel production.

Surplus Property consists of university-owned items that are no longer needed by a department, including vehicles, computers, furniture, and office equipment. Items are then reused in the following ways: making property available to other departments on campus, donating items to local non-profit agencies and schools, sending equipment to a public auction under contract with the university, posting items on the Public Surplus web site, and dismantling property into separate components for recycling.

Construction debris is sorted and achieves a diversion rate between 75-90%.


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
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Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:
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A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

Waste audits on campus will be conducted by GreenWaste in the Spring 2020 to identify the contents of each waste stream (dining, housing, academic buildings, etc). We would like to use the information from the audits to better tailor waste campaigns and purchasing guidelines.


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

A page on SJSU's has been created to provide guidelines and tips on how to prevent waste.

http://www.sjsu.edu/fdo/departments/maintops/operations/recycling/info/waste_tips/


A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

SJSU’s Furniture/Equipment Reuse program matches unwanted furniture to people or departments who need them, reducing the amount of old furniture that ends up in our mixed recycling bins. The furniture reuse program was implemented about five years ago but we encountered problems in that no one wanted to pay for the moves of the furniture, even though the furniture itself was free. In 2008, management support was obtained and now moves of furniture obtained through the reuse program are provided at no cost to the requester. This program is managed by SJSU’s Procurement department, and supported by the Facilities Development & Operations Recycling & Moving Services.

The type and condition of equipment and furniture determines whether the items are eligible for reuse on campus through the Furniture/Equipment Re-use Program or if it should be recycled. Several options exist, including: making property available to other departments on campus, donating items to local non-profit agencies and schools, sending equipment to a public auction under contract with the university, posting items on the Public Surplus web site, and dismantling property into separate components for recycling.

http://www.sjsu.edu/finance/about_us/core_services/reuse_program/index.html


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

A description and link to the platform is in the link below:

http://www.sjsu.edu/finance/about_us/core_services/reuse_program/reuse_instructions/index.html


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

Students must pay to print at SJSU. In the king library it costs 20¢ per B&W page. Individual departments and labs vary in the rates charged for printing. Associated students have computer labs, but students must pay to print in these facilities as well. Charging for printing limits the amount students choose to print.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

SJSU campus directories, course catalogs and course schedules are all available online. The online catalog is free while the printed catalog is only available for purchase in the bookstore. The online schedules and catalogs contain the most updated information. Additionally, information about International and Extended Studies online courses, Open University, Special Session, Professional Development and lifelong learning opportunities are also available online.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

There are special collection bins set up during move-out time that collects used notebooks, clothes, left over detergent and other items that students would usually throw away during move out. The residence halls staff works with Sacred Heart and Salvation Army to coordinate this donation program.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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