Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Southern Oregon University
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.62 / 3.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
284.30 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
241.97 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate:

Recycling receptacles are located in all campus buildings and along high-traffic pathways throughout campus. In 2011, students successfully obtained funding to purchase new uniform recycling receptacles for all campus buildings and to develop an on-campus recycling sorting facility, where all campus recycling is sorted by hand, resulting in a clean recycling stream. The students have also developed an education program to help students become more accountable for their actions relating to waste and recycling. SOU has also hired a full-time Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator to oversee SOU's recycling operations, develop waste reduction programs, and organize education and outreach efforts to improve the campus waste diversion rate.

SOU's recycling program also hosts Raider Reclamation, the annual waste diversion event during the residence hall move out. This event diverts tons of items from the landfill to local nonprofits. The recycling program also collects plastics that are not accepted in the local recycling stream, which are picked up regularly by a company in Grants Pass, Oregon.


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