Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.54 / 3.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
415 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
396 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:

UMKC has made a commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste as possible to keep it out of the landfills. Recycling rates on campus have risen from 23% to 78% as a result of the proactive student outreach and education campaign. The campus participates in Clean Your Files each spring and also has Waste Free Lunch peer to peer education to increase awareness about composting in the dining halls.
Each year since 2008 UMKC has participated in the RecycleMania National Competition. Students are encouraged to participate in an outreach campaign to increase recycling and waste reduction on campus. The UMKC Campus ranked #13 out of 605 universities nationally in the RecycleMania Competition Grand Champion category for 2012.

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:

The composting system is set up at all work stations for chef and sous chef operations.

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

On October 27, 2008 the University Center began a partnership with Missouri Organics and Sodexo in an organic composting program. It is our intent that the reduced tonnage in food waste will allow for a cost savings over the life of the program. This program can not only be beneficial to the current University Center operation, but also a foundational cornerstone to the sustainable focus in operating the new Student Union.

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 No
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) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

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

UMKC also composts all lawn and landscaping organic materials. Additionally, UMKC uses deconstruction to reduce waste and partner with Habitat Restore.

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