Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.78
Liaison Imad Alsyouf
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Sharjah
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 8.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 7,569.70 Tons 7,569.70 Tons
Materials composted 3,972 Tons 3,972 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 5 Tons 5 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 9,732 Tons 9,732 Tons
Total waste generated 21,278.70 Tons 21,278.70 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:


Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Jan. 1, 2020 Dec. 31, 2020
Baseline Period Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2019

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 5,000 5,000
Number of employees resident on-site 567 567
Number of other individuals resident on-site 1,600 1,600
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 13,197 13,197
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,645 1,645
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 14,123.25 14,123.25

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 1.51 Tons 1.51 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil No
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

, 2021, there was a major positive change in the waste management system
at the University of Sharjah. The University has signed a mega contract with Bee’ah, the largest waste
management company in the country, such that they collect all the waste generated on campus. This was a
remarkable step towards achieving maximum sustainability in the waste management sector on campus, as
the company has applied a dual-bin waste separation and collection system throughout the campus, i.e.,
the single commingle waste containers were replaced by two bins (one for recyclables and another for nonrecyclables

Moreover, to facilitate the participation of the residents in waste separation on-campus, the Sustainability Office was allocated two parcels of land that were used to construct a Community Recycling Centre, and a Waste Sorting Center. Both facilities were advertised and opened for public early in 2021.

Donation boxes are distributed throughout the campus to collected reusable items for charity. Those boxes are very important as the campus include several dormitories and there is regularly students moving in and out.

Also, we re-sell empty cartridges and some green waste

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

Ten (10) programs effectively implemented within campus, as follows (detailed description and evidence in the attached file):

1. Program 1: Replace plastic bottles with reusable bottles
2. Program 2: Replace plastic bags with reusable bags
3. Program 3: Unnecessary Paper Correspondence
4. Program 4: Electronic Archiving
5. Program 5: Stop using plastic cups for water dispensers
6. Program 6: Online University Publications
7. Program 7: Green Program for the College of Graduate Studies
8. Program 8: Acting on Plastic Program
9. Program 9: Re-creating Paper Program
10. Program 10: Art of Waste Recovery Annual Competition

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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