Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Texas State University, San Marcos
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.18 / 8.00 James Vollrath
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 387.23 Tons 387.23 Tons
Materials composted 139.60 Tons 139.60 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 1,560 Tons 1,560 Tons
Total waste generated 2,086.83 Tons 2,086.83 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:

Recycling is collected and sorted by mixed paper, cardboard, and mixed single-stream. Once collected, the recyclables are compacted and hauled off by our waste hauling contractor.


Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

Last year that full data was available. First STARS report to establish a baseline.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 6,924 6,924
Number of employees resident on-site 27 27
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 26 26
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 38,661 38,661
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 3,738 3,738
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,283 1,283
Weighted campus users 32,600.75 32,600.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.06 Tons 0.06 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:
25.25

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
25.25

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) No
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

In the Spring of 2019, a student organization held a clothing swap on the Quad.


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
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Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
8

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

10 percent contamination is given to the recycling program by the recycling contractor. We have never exceeded 10 percent contamination.


A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:
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A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
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A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):
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A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Texas State University is a state of Texas institution, and as such, participates in the State's surplus equipment program. Any office furniture or other major expenses that are no longer wanted are sent to the state's surplus warehouse.


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):
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A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

All the university’s resources are readily accessible online.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Bobcats Give Back was instituted in 2019 and collected 735 pounds of clothing and personal care items. The program is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Housing and Residence Life, and the City of San Marcos.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

The Texas State Recycling Program provides recycling services for all students, faculty, and staff of the university. Indoor and outdoor receptacles are located throughout campus, offering a convenient way for everyone to do their part in helping the environment. There is also a drop-off facility at the recycling center if you choose to bring your own recyclables. Currently, the Recycling Program is an effort to heighten on-campus recycling awareness through various campaigns and special events.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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