|Submission Date||July 25, 2012|
University of Puget Sound
OP-18: Waste Diversion
Associate Vice President of Business Services/Community Engagment
Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate:
Recycling is embedded in the campus culture. Puget Sound has a multifaceted recycling program to maximize campus waste diversion. Sustainability Services, a sub-department of Facilities Services, manages most campus recycling programs, including commingled glass and electronic waste recycling. A variety of labeled recycling containers are located throughout campus; i.e. in hallways, offices, and residence sleep/study rooms. Bins are easily accessible and have instructions above them to enhance recycling effectiveness. Sustainability Services, the SAC Outreach Committee, and Green Advocates partner to educate the campus community about recycling. They provide information electronically on the Puget Sound website to address recycling questions and needs. Requests can be submitted to Sustainability Services for special pick-up of large recycling items, additional bins, or to facilitate effective recycling. Sustainability Services collaborates with the Students for a Sustainable Campus on annual, high profile garbology events to display garbage contents that could have been recycled. Special events, such as Move-In and Move-Out, also maximize waste diversion, including additional recycling services and donation of many items. The campus community also can contact Facilities Services when items are being discarded. Facilities researches options to divert materials from the landfill. This has included recycling of miscellaneous furniture, church pews, metal shelving, refrigerators, microwaves, and many other appliances.