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Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2016
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University of Richmond
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Rob Andrejewski
Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
420.86 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1518.69 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:

The University of Richmond adopted mixed or single-stream recycling on campus in 2013. We participate in RecycleMania each year to encourage recycling and educate users on the appropriate bin. The University uses blue recycling bins and black, grey, or tan trash bins. Residents of the University Forest Apartment and Fraternity row have drop off locations to ensure that their trash and recycling end up in the correct bin. Items collected in the singe stream include the following: Empty aluminum/steel/tin cans; Empty glass bottles; Empty plastics #1-#7 (No polystyrene/styrofoam); All mixed paper (envelopes, copy paper, paper bags, chipboard, telephone books, junk mail, books, magazines, cardboard, newspaper, etc.); paperboard; cardboard; tin and bi-metallic containers (including aerosol cans).

The Green Office Program has multiple items related to recycling and reuse, as does the Green Room Program. Outreach events for both programs include a recycling overview.

There is a culture of waste minimization in Facilities, IS, and Safety. Scrap metal, wood pallets, other wood materials, yard waste, tires, bulbs, batteries, carpet, food service grease, and electronic waste are all diverted from the landfill through assorted recycling and reuse programs.

At the end of spring semester, the University hosts a giant yard sale to divert move-out waste from the landfill. The yard sale is open to the community at large and provides and opportunity for reuse, unsold items are donated.

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

Catering and Dining Services have a stated goal of booking no more than will be eaten, but this standard cannot always be met. Instances arise when our food service providers have leftover products. In such instances, they donate products to the Central Virginia Foodbank. In addition, produce and dairy that remains in the coolers at the end of a semester and have not reached their expiration dates are also donated to the Foodbank.

In 2015, a chapter of the Food Recovery Network was established. The group collects excess food from events on campus and then works with local partner agencies in the city of Richmond to take the food and use it to feed the hungry and homeless.

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

Pre-consumer liquid and solid food waste is processed using a pulper which grinds and then reduces the volume of waste. The end product is transported to the Department of Corrections Environmental Services Unit at Meadow Farm for composting. Total food product that went to composting for 2015 was 41,015 pounds.

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

We are exploring post-consumer food waste with local compost haulers. A pilot to reduce paper towel waste is scheduled for winter 2016. A pilot to capture post-consumer food waste is scheduled for May 2016.

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 No
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:

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