Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.09
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date April 17, 2015
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University of California, Santa Cruz
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.86 / 3.00 Elida Erickson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
2,253.08 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,384.60 Tons
+ Date Revised: June 25, 2015

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:

Grounds Services collects a wide variety of eligible materials for recycling, including glass, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, a variety of paper grades, kitchen food scrap compost, scrap metal, greenwaste, batteries, and more.
All five campus dining halls compost both pre- and post-consumer food waste, resulting in 625 tons diverted.
Other campus units and operations recycle carpet, kitchen grease, automotive fluids and tires, surplus furniture and equipment, construction and demolition materials, and more.


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

Before long breaks (winter and summer) Some non-perishable food is donated. However, the dining halls don't donate their daily leftovers. Through our food management system and best practices, we are able to limit waste.


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

Composting: our composting partnership with Marina Waste Management helps us divert over 600 tons per year of both pre- and post-consumer food scraps from the landfill and turns it into nutrient-rich compost which is used to replenish the soil and grow more produce. Compostable paper products are used throughout our dining operations.

Graph on website contains info on the levels of pre and post consumer food waste composting.


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

Composting
Composting: our composting partnership with Marina Waste Management helps us divert over 600 tons per year of both pre- and post-consumer food scraps from the landfill and turns it into nutrient-rich compost which is used to replenish the soil and grow more produce. Compostable paper products are used throughout our dining operations.

Graph on website contains info on the levels of pre and post consumer food waste composting.


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

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