Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 27.64
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date March 31, 2016
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STARS v2.0

South Dakota State University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.73 / 3.00 Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
479.75 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,496.07 Tons

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:

All efforts have been part of operational procedures.The numbers above only pertain to 1 year (FY15), but in the last 3 years SDSU has implemented single stream recycling. Each year the Student Sustainability Council also participated in RecycleMania and promoted recycling throughout the competition. The Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education also has implemented a drop-off location for toner/ink cartridges as a fundraiser for their group. Scrap metal is collected and re-sold, pallets and removed trees are mulched for campus landscaping. Sand from winter de-icing is also collected is reused.

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:

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 No
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil No
Tires No

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

When SDSU has to chop down trees, they chip the wood and use it as mulch. This is included in the total waste calculations.

Facilities & Services sweeps up winter debris from de-icing measures on campus streets and sidewalks. Bowes Construction then re-purposes that recycled sand for other projects.

SDSU does have efforts in several of the other areas mentioned, 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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