Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.32
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date May 3, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of California, San Diego
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.45 / 1.00 Alonso Noble
Assistant Superintendent
Facilities Management
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Amount of construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered :
4,087.76 Tons

Amount of construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated :
4,943.28 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contribute to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

UC San Diego's Climate Action Plan has committed to meeting the following UCOP waste goals:
1. 50% waste diversion by June 30, 2008
2. 75% waste diversion by June 30, 2012
3. Zero waste by 2020

UC San Diego is constantly seeking avenues to reduce waste on campus and expand our recycling program and use of recycled products. In previous applications, UC San Diego has highlighted many waste reduction and reuse efforts, which are briefly outlined below:
On site use of mulch produced on our grounds
On site composting
Reclamation of carpet
Resale of surplus electronics
Oil Collection for re-refining
Utilizing retreaded tires on campus shuttles
Reuse of packing materials for packaging customer orders on campus
Donation of furniture, electronics and non-perishable food to charitable organizations upon student move out
Encourage reuse over recycling by utilizing plates and cutlery that are not disposable
Cash incentives for the use of reusable mugs
Copiers are defaulted to double sided printing for all of Business Affairs
Discontinued use of disposable plastic bags at The UC San Diego Bookstore

While many programs have been in place for previous application periods enhancements are constantly being considered and implemented for our programs. For instance in the past, china plates and cutlery were available for sit down dining; however this year the program was expanded to accommodate students who wish to take their meals back to their residence hall. Receptacles are now available to deposit these materials for collection in the residence halls and return them to dining facilities. In the first year of the program Housing*Dining*Hospitality reduced waste disposal by 46 tons over the previous year. There are “compostable” disposable options, but there is a surcharge for using them. Almost all UC San Diego students have opted for the reusable option. In 2009 UC San Diego also implemented the use of Dyson hand dryers to reduce the use of paper towels on campus. The trash waste alone decreased by 512 tons from 2008 to 2009.


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