|Submission Date||Feb. 25, 2016|
University of California, Merced
OP-23: Waste Diversion
Director of Energy
Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
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:
Virtually all waste bins on campus are paired with blue recycling bins. Composting containers are being integrated in all the buildings across campus. All yard waste is composted. There are uniform recycling signs throughout the campus. UC Merced Recycling maintains an active website and Facebook page.
A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:
At the end of each semester non-perishable food items not used by dining is donated to a local homeless shelter.
A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
Compost bins are provided at all prep stations in dining to collect compost and staff are trained to place all compostable materials in these receptacles. These bins are then delivered to the Modesto Compost Facility where they create and distribute composted material.
A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
In the main dining hall, students deliver their trays to a station and student workers remove items from the trays. These employees are trained to sort the tray items into recycling and compost. In the cafe dining area, 3-part bins are color coded for recycling, landfill and compost. The bins were designed and built by a local company with input from campus stakeholders. Compost bins are provided at all large-group campus catered events. This compostable material is then delivered to the Modesto Compost Facility where they create and distribute composted material.
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 for animals||No|
|Plant materials composting||Yes|
|Animal bedding composting||Yes|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||Yes|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
Styrofoam is the only other material that institution includes in its waste diversion efforts.
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