Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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Unity College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Steve Kahl
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
41.20 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
58.70 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:

Unity College has a robust recycling and compost program that employs a full-time, year round recycling coordinator and up to a dozen student workers. In addition to daily recycling and compost collection, salvage programs divert waste for donation and reuse at the end of each semester. Our recycling coordinator and student assistants have developed outreach materials and programs that reach every new student and employee.


A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

Veggies for All grows food on campus on about 2 acres for donation to the needy.


A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

Pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste is collected by work-study students from the Cafeteria and the Student Center several times a day.

Food waste is processed and re-used on campus fields and gardens. We also use some food waste to feed animals in our on-campus animal barn that houses animals for the captive wildlife program.


A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

Pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste is collected by work-study students. Finished compost is used on campus gardens.


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

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

We use Goodwill for move out material/furniture diversion. Electronics are recycled at the local recycling center. Lab waste and toxic waste is collected by a recycling company.


Unity College has a robust recycling and compost program that employs a full-time, year round recycling coordinator and up to a dozen student workers. In addition to daily recycling and compost collection, salvage programs divert materials for donation and reuse at the end of each semester.

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