|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 26, 2016|
University of Denver
OP-23: Waste Diversion
|0.73 / 3.00||
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:
The mission of Denver University's Recycling Program is to implement a convenient, safe and cost-effective recycling program that is available to as many people as possible. We rely on participation and feedback from students, faculty and staff to continuously expand and improve upon existing programs, as well as to develop new recycling/sustainability initiatives. Since recycling at DU is just one action the institution and its members may take to increase sustainability, we strive to provide additional information about sustainable living so students are aware of how to lessen their environmental impact.
Composting has begun in the last three years, improving diversion rates.
New signage across campus has improved the common experience at waste bins, improving color coding by waste stream across campus.
Outreach materials have been created emphasizing appropriate disposal methods.
The new Center for Sustainability website has provided additional information.
A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:
A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
We participate in pre-consumer food waste composting in both resident dining halls, Nagel Hall and the Ritchie Center. During the food preparation, our team is careful to discard compostable items in labeled bins in the back-of the-house food preparation areas.
A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
We participate in post-consumer food waste composting in both of the resident dining halls on campus. After finishing their meal, dining hall patrons discard compostable items in clearly labeled bins.
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||No|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||No|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
As a point of clarification, diversion rates are based only on traditional residential waste, recycling and compost.