Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison David Liebman
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Santa Rosa Junior College
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.36 / 8.00 Guy Tilotson
Waste Diversion Technician
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 315 Tons 336 Tons
Materials composted 91.60 Tons 65 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 16 Tons 12 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 779.50 Tons 769.50 Tons
Total waste generated 1,202.10 Tons 1,182.50 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:

Materials sorting involves two steps. During the collection route, compostables and waste are sorted out from recyclables. Once all materials are returned to the central sorting area, waste is thrown away, compostables are places into compost dumpster, and all reusable items (binders, etc.) and recyclables are either placed in the recycling bin sorted into particular storage areas (batteries, shredded paper, plastic bottles, etc).

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

The campus hired a Waste Diversion Tech August 1, 2016 and began keeping accurate records.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 0 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 18,037.67 18,084
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 826.24 819.87
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 14,147.93 14,177.90

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.08 Tons 0.08 Tons

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

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

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

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 No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
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:

Additional materials recycled include: printer cartridges, granola bar wrappers, shielded wire, water filter cartridges, and shredded paper. Donated items include: discarded office equipment, furniture, bubble wrap, clothing, and school supplies.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :

Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

Recycling quality control mechanisms include: signage on and above bins, training for student employees, and hand-sorting of all compostables from public areas.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

Waste-related behavior change initiatives include: monthly staff and student newsletters, institutionalization of student leadership by including an elected “VP of Sustainability” who runs a Student Sustainability Committee, student “EcoLeaders” club, annual Sustainability Retreat, signage on and above bins, ongoing “Sustainability Committee” comprised of staff and student leaders, supervision of Climate Corps fellows who run waste diversion related projects, green department certification which includes waste diversion goals, waste demonstrations/installations on campus, public relations department features sustainability campaigns on district social media pages, art contest, and tabling in central quad to discuss waste diversion.

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 include monthly dumpsters level checks. This process checks the volume five days in a row to determine total garbage and recycling volume. All dumpsters are checked for content and contamination concerns reported to management. Areas for improvement are noted to nearly all departments and in monthly newsletters.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

A procurement policy is in second draft stage and is advancing towards leadership and eventual adoption. Via the waste diversion newsletters and staff meeting presentations, department leaders are informed of sustainable purchasing decisions that are relevant to their procurement.

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

A program to reuse office supplies and furniture exists within our Receiving Department. Items are sold via EBay and stocked for selection by all staff.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):

Platforms for peer-to peer exchange and reuse do not yet exist.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

Rules to limit ink and paper use do not yet exist.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

Printed course schedules and catalogs are all available online and are regularly updated. Professional website maintenance ensures that online information is easily accessible. There is not an initiative that makes online information the default method.

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


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

The waste diversion department provides small materials for the art department and the “maker” class. Additionally, green cuttings from the floral class are collected and diverted from the landfill dumpster.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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