Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.48
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Université de Sherbrooke
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.05 / 8.00 Lucie Durand
Institutional Research Advisor
Management - Support Service
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 686 Tonnes 193 Tonnes
Materials composted 113 Tonnes 5.20 Tonnes
Materials donated or re-sold 20 Tonnes 14.50 Tonnes
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 320 Tonnes 1,260 Tonnes
Total waste generated 1,139 Tonnes 1,623.37 Tonnes

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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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, 2002 Dec. 31, 2002

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):

The year 2002 was an important year in terms of contract renewal and in structuring the waste management plan of the University. Over the years, it has enabled the implementation of several enhancement programs and a continuous improvement of waste management within the institution.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,631 993
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 20,320 12,019
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 3,797 2,752
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 750 14
Weighted campus users 17,933 11,316

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.07 Tonnes 0.14 Tonnes

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
51.20

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
71.91

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
71.91

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

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

Other materials which were recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold would be, for instance: ink cartridges, styrofoam, company bottles, bicycles, fluorescents, electronic materials, oil filters, paint, used batteries, used textiles, used cell phones and concrete.
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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?:
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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?:
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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?:
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Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
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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:
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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:
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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:
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A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
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A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Since 2002, the University has been committed to improve the management of its waste according to the principles of the 3RV (source reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery).

Several measures have been put in place to reduce and enhance waste, including:

1. An efficient recovery system on all three campuses that allows the recycling of plastic, glass, metal, paper and cardboard.
2. A composting unit on the main campus.
3. The elimination of disposable dishes on all three campuses.
4. The disposal of single-use water bottles.
5. Badibus, an electronic bulletin board to promote the reuse of used equipment.
6. The collection of residual materials.

In addition, more than 350 sorting islands have been set up on the University's campuses to provide source sorting. Also, 20 recycling programs allow the university community to divert thousands of tonnes of residual materials from landfill each year and reintroduce them into a new life cycle.

All these measures and efforts made since the establishment of the waste management plan in 2002 explain the large differences between the values in the table "Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted)".

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.