Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.89
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Houston
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.55 / 8.00 Gabriel Durham
Graduate assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 256.60 Tons 598.36 Tons
Materials composted 58.40 Tons 310 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 1.50 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 1,416.31 Tons 2,738.19 Tons
Total waste generated 1,732.81 Tons 3,646.55 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Sept. 1, 2020 Aug. 31, 2021
Baseline Period Sept. 1, 2011 Aug. 31, 2012

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

FY11 was chosen as the baseline year as this was the first year the University started keeping accurate separate records for recycling and general waste disposal.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3,137 5,178
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 39,021 39,554
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,558 4,845
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 27,153 0
Weighted campus users 12,353.75 34,593.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.14 Tons 0.11 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires No
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

University of Houston annual participates in Recyclemania since 2009. Throughout the year the Office of Sustainability hosts various outreach events to reduce waste and encourage recycling on campus. Additionally, at the beginning of each semester, a campus-wide campaign called #BYOBottle, encourages everyone on campus to bring their own bottle and utilize H2O filtered water stations on campus in order to reduce single-use plastic bottles.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Warehouse services include assisting departments with the removal and disposal of surplus property, making items available for re-use and re-distribution, and assisting with transfers of items to the surplus warehouse.

Warehouse Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 – 11:15

Warehouse Contacts:

Raymon Mathews, 713-743-8759
Langston Royster, 713-743-8760

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

The University of Houston property management utilizes the following procedures of goods: exchanges on campus, auctions of goods, donates to state agencies, recycling and as a last option landfilled. A copy of the policy can be found here: http://www.uh.edu/finance/Departments/Property%20Management/Guidelines/DISPOSAL%20OF%20PROPERTY.pdf

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Most everything is included on the UH website and materials are shared electronically whenever possible. Staff are encouraged to use electronic signatures to reduce paper usage. Course schedules, catalogs and directories are all exclusively online.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Through a continued partnership with local textile recycling company Green City Recyclers, residential move out was able to recycle 8,960 pounds of used clothing, books and other textiles. Student Housing and Residential Life invited Green City Recyclers to place donation pods in the lobby areas of all residential halls this year. Last year, only three residential halls participated showing further growth of the partnership. https://uh.edu/sustainability/news/articles/2019/03062019tracs11.php

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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