Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.70
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.74 / 1.00 Nate Shear
Sustainability Metrics Intern
Office of Sustainability
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
3,728.86 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
1,328.14 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:
73.74

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

In FY19, UGA Facilities Management Division (FMD) Grounds Department reused, recycled or composted 100% of construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated by grounds-related operations. 1150 tons of concrete and asphalt was crushed and reused as base material, plus approx 4000 cu yards of leaf and limb debris was composted.
According to our contractor, Turner Construction, we had two major construction projects with the following data:
Brumby Hall Renovation - 1209.34 tons to landfills and 2456.19 tons recycled
UGA Center for Art Renovation - 118.80 tons to landfills and 122.67 tons recycled

A brief history of construction and demolition waste recycling at UGA includes:

In 2008, a construction and demolition waste recycling program was implemented on UGA property to divert building construction materials from the ACC landfill. To date, between 75-86% of construction debris from several capital improvement projects (over 700 tons of materials total - 1,700,000 pounds) have been processed and reused on campus. The recycled materials created include various sizes of gravel used in multiple construction applications, engineered soil mixes used in rain gardens, and shredded wood materials used primarily for construction site storm water management.

An additional 250 tons of construction waste was diverted in 2016 by the UGA Material Reuse Program, an effort that salvages construction materials for use in student-led community projects. In the past five years, the Material Reuse Program has diverted more than 800 tons of construction waste benefitting hundreds of student and community projects in the Athens area.


Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Grounds-related C&D material data provided by Clay Dally, FMD Grounds Department Construction Manager
Renovation-related C&D material data provided by Melanie Ford, University Architects Director of Construction

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