|Submission Date||March 31, 2016|
South Dakota State University
OP-22: Waste Minimization
Facilities and Services
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||391.53 Tons||432.05 Tons|
|Materials composted||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials reused, donated or re-sold||88.22 Tons||100.79 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||1496.07 Tons||1224.10 Tons|
Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of residential students||4131||4356|
|Number of residential employees||12||12|
|Number of in-patient hospital beds||0||0|
|Full-time equivalent enrollment||10180||10220|
|Full-time equivalent of employees||1873||1885|
|Full-time equivalent of distance education students||359.67||331.05|
Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2014||June 30, 2015|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2013||June 30, 2014|
A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
According to South Dakota Codified Law 5-24A, all state supplied property must be listed as surplus before it is diverted to the landfill. These items are available for state departments/offices to acquire free of charge. All items remaining at the end of the fiscal year are sold, to the general public, at the State Surplus Auction in May.
A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:
Individual offices may offer only double-sided printed, but there is not an institution wide policy.
A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
Cardboard recycling is available during move-in weekend. If available, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be present on campus for donations during move-out week.
A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
Food waste audits are done at our dining locations.
A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:
Waste logs are kept daily.
A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:
A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):
Reusable to-go containers are available upon request at most campus dining locations. Cups & containers in SDSU's cafeteria style dining are $3 each and if brought back staff will wash and sterilize, if not then students are charged another $3 for a new container.
A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):
Some dine-in locations serve on reusable plates. SDSU's cafeteria style dining location uses mainly reusable service ware.
A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:
A few locations on campus offer reusable mug discounts.
A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
Waste types included in reported numbers:
Single stream recycling (recycled)
Scrap metal (resold/reused/donated)
Light bulbs (recycled)
Ink cartridges/toner (recycled)
Cooking oil (recycled)
Tree mulch (resold/reused/donated)
Special move-out collections (recycled)
SDSU does have efforts in several of the other areas, but weights are not available. Efforts include state surplus property exchange program, residence hall move-in/out recycling/donation options, chemicals, and paint. Facilities & Services has also worked to re-purpose or reuse old materials from past construction projects. These include using old windows in new buildings or re-purposing old doors into desks.