Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.09
Liaison Andrew Riley
Submission Date April 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

State University of New York at Morrisville
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 8.00 Bill Mitchell
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 45.30 Tons 0 Tons
Materials composted 2.20 Tons 2.20 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 357.70 Tons 570.90 Tons
Total waste generated 405.20 Tons 573.10 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:
In the baseline year July 1, 2014 thru June 30, 2015: waste diversion included:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2022 June 30, 2023
Baseline Period July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
FY 2014-2015 as a Baseline Year matches SUNY Morrisville's Baseline Year shown in the Green House Gas Inventory sections: OP-01 and OP-02. So, we believe this is a good method, which standardizes the divisor's that lead to "per capita" data.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 837 1,394
Number of employees resident on-site 3 4
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,576.80 2,660
Full-time equivalent of employees 454 511
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 49 29
Weighted campus users 1,696.35 2,706

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.24 Tons 0.21 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
11.72

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
11.72

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 Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets No
Tires No
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:
NYS - New York State has a SURPLUS Program that recycles all kinds of equipment such as office, educational, lab, technology, cooking and even vehicles; these get moved around the state, and if they do not get re-used internally they end up at a NY State Surplus Auction.

Food waste goes to the campus Waste Water Treatment plant to boost heat production of the facility's digester.

SUNY Morrisville dairy recycles animal bedding into slurry that is used to fertilize fields. Horse manure from the Equine facility also ends up as farm/garden fertilizer.

White goods go to surplus or scrap metal recycling.

Cooking oil gets picked-up and used in soap-making or other manufacturing processes.

NYS does have a tire re-tread program that SUNY Morrisville should look into.
(Tons per year: 1.0 to ~ 7.4 tons yearly in tire waste; & no recycling program via the county).

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
3 Tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:
10

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:
Through a small grant, SUNY Morrisville purchased numerous 3-bin recycling centers for placement around campus. The clear labeling of Paper (recycling) and container (bottles/cans; recycling), along with a 'Landfill Waste' container helped move campus recycling from 9% to 14% (delta 5%) removed from the standard Municipal Solid Waste Stream.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:
Additional signage and tri-bin waste centers created a 5% increase in recycling.
- see above program description.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
Food waste audits only as of yet.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
New policies on single use plastics and other materials are being enacted for the coming fiscal year.

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
The New York State Surplus property program via the Office of General Services (OGS).

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:
The campus sustainability website, Tri-Society student program, and various campus events planned for the coming fiscal year.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:
None in the current performance year.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
The campus has a new Learning Management System (LMS), with 24/7 access to materials online.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
This is an area that SUNY Morrisville can do better with, as the college looks toward options in future 'performance years'. Abuse or theft of goods has been a concern that has deterred more formal options toward re-use/recycling in this area.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
Beyond the formal NYS Surplus Property program, abuse or theft of goods has been a concern that has deterred more formal options toward re-use/recycling of items marked for the dumpster.

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The Madison County Landfill shares data back with SUNY Morrisville, when requested. Most data on tons deferred via recycling comes directly from the county billing database - historic data.

The NYS Surplus property program is an excellent option to re-purpose worthy goods; however the program does not track Tons of goods deferred from landfills.

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