Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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University of Oregon
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.77 / 3.00 Karyn Kaplan
Environmental Resource and Recycling Manager
Facilities Services
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
1,995.67 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,379.67 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:

In 2012, the Program was re-branded as the Zero Waste Program signaling that the Program's move to include composting and greatly increase recycling rates.. Additionally, in 2014, the program designed and implemented a zero waste system and program pilot in several buildings Now the campus construction standards pave the way for full implementation of a zero waste campus with central stations and in-office collection. With these efforts the recovery rate continues to increase. It's currently at 59%. Additionally, the program created and published a Zero Waste Campus Toolkit that is being shared world wide:http://zerowaste.uoregon.edu/PDFdocuments/ZeroWasteToolkit_printversion.pdf The program also designed a refill water station for events that is being employed at campus events.


A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

Food that is cooked and not served is sent to the local food bank.


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

All food service areas have composting in all the kitchens for pre-consumer food waste.


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

Post consumer food and compostable collections are located in all campus food service locations, in all zero waste buildings (there are several and through campus construction standards, more buildings are being added to this system), through a zero waste events service and a voluntary desk side composting program which has users from 20 buildings currently participating.


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 Yes
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:

Ewaste, woodwaste, shrink wrap, mattresses, styrofoam, yardwaste, MRF dropboxes (25-40% recovery), oil filers, tires, styrofoam, CD's,transparencies, mailing envelopes, books, confidential materials


Does the institution include plant material composting in its waste diversion efforts?: Yes, all campus organic yard waste is composted on site, processed and re-applied on campus reducing soil amendment and pesticide use.

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