Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.29
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.69 / 1.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
1,558 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
705 Tons

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

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:

At UMass Amherst, the bulk of building material waste is generated by larger building projects which have been awarded to outside contractors. In these projects the outside contractors are responsible for the disposal of all construction and demolition material.

The UMass Green Building Guidelines state:
Construction Waste Management
Recycling is a high priority on campus. However, waste produced by construction activities is not sorted on campus, rather, it is the responsibility of the contractor to properly dispose of construction and demo waste.
It is the University’s position that, due to the location of the campus and the availability of local waste contractors who can recycle and track construction waste, a minimum target of 75% should be met by all project teams.

Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

For this report (2022) we are using the one year window of FY22 which consists of two major construction projects: UMass South College Academic Complex major renovation and and Student Union major renovation.

See attached supporting documentation for data on each project.

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