Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.70
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Boulder
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.31 / 3.00 Edward von Bleichert
Environmental Operations Manager/Campus IPM Coordinator
Facilities Managment
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
2,458.20 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
3,164 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:

Since CU Recycling was established in 1976, the program has evolved into an extensive outreach and education program, along with a comprehensive collections process. CU Recycling's long-standing mission is "to cost-effectively reduce and recover resources from the waste stream while promoting the environmental and social benefits of recycling and providing opportunities for meaningful student involvement."

http://www.colorado.edu/ecenter/glance
...provides detailed information about the University of Colorado's Recycling program:
*Management of the Waste Stream
*Materials collected
*Infrastructure Investments
*Collections Process
*Outreach Efforts


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

Dining Services donates food items that have met the campus food safety criteria to Community Food Share when there are overruns, or before major breaks.


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

The pre-consumer food waste composting program at the University of Colorado began in Sept 2004, which serviced four of the Residence Hall food service locations. Currently, there are six Residence Hall food service locations where pre-consumer food waste is collected along with the Student Union Center, which began in Aug 2007. In addition, one cafe in the Business School has also collected pre-consumer food waste since Aug 2008. The pre-consumer food waste is collected by an external company, Eco-Cycle, who then delivers the material to A-1 Organics, which is approx 30 miles away from the University


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

The University of Colorado's post-consumer food waste composting program began at one of Housing and Dining Services 'Welcome Back' student events in 2005 called Global Jam. The Global Jam luncheon event continues to be one of the larger events (over 5,000 people), where post-consumer food waste is collected (averaging 2-3 tons of pre and post consumer food waste and compostable eating-ware).

Post-consumer food waste is also collected at all the home football games since the 2008 season (see the innovation credit for more info on Ralphie's Green Stampede).

The Student Government also adopted a 'Waste Reduction Bill' in the Fall of 2008, which mandates that all events funded by student fees must either use re-usable china and flatware or compostable dishware. Thus even more post-consumer food waste is collected on a yearly basis.

The most recent addition to the post-consumer food waste collection program is the Student Union Center (University Memorial Center, UMC). In the spring of 2010, a pilot program for post-consumer food waste began in the dining area, and bins for compostables were also set up in the UMC restrooms. Participation was so great amongst students and administrators, that the UMC will continue with the program. Plans are underway to enhance and expand post-consumer food waste composting in all buildings that are operated and maintained by student fees (These include the Recreation Center and Wardenburg Health Center).


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) ---
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires ---

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

Office Supplies


*Solid Waste landfill tons are MSW only, not Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste.

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