Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date March 31, 2016
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STARS v2.0

South Dakota State University
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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Waste generated::
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:
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A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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Waste types included in reported numbers:
Single stream recycling (recycled)
Scrap metal (resold/reused/donated)
Batteries (recycled)
Light bulbs (recycled)
Ink cartridges/toner (recycled)
Cooking oil (recycled)
Tree mulch (resold/reused/donated)
Special move-out collections (recycled)
Pallets (resold/reused/donated)
Sand (resold/reused/donated)

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.

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