Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sean MacInnes
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.24 / 3.00 Anneliese Hitcho
Student Worker
Office of Sustainability
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Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
836.67 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,188.33 Tons

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

1. UNCG took part in Recyclemania for the first time in 2011 to expand its marketing to encourage recycling on campus.
2. Special programs are presented to Housekeeping staff annually to educate housekeepers about recycling protocols.
3. Special presentations are also made throughout the year to a variety of classes ranging from Biology to Education to Economics. Students are educated on how to recycle properly and about recycling efforts at UNCG.
4. Move-in recyclable collection around the residence halls helps resident students become familiar with recycling infrastructure on campus.
5. Residence hall rooms are equipped with a reusable recycling bag that lists UNCG's commingled recycling program guidelines and contact information for OWRR.
6. "Landfill on the Lawn" is an educational event that occurs once every semester. This hands-on event puts the campus community face to face with its waste and measures how well trash and recycling dumpsters are utilized at representative residence halls.
7. A campus-wide "Shred-a-Thon" is held every June to assist office staff in recycling sensitive paper documents securely.
8. "Cram and Scram" is the UNCG waste reduction move-out program. This event focuses on end-of-academic year wastes and how to reuse them - students place unwanted items in bins for collection; these items are then sorted and sold at a public event to raise money for environmental education.
9. Two "Big Belly" solar recycling bin and trash compactor stations were added on campus in 2010.

Information compiled by Ben Kunka, OWRR Manager.
Waste and recycling data are for 2012-13.

Please see the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling website:

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