Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.94
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date July 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.14 / 8.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 174 Tonnes 193 Tonnes
Materials composted 0 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials donated or re-sold 9 Tonnes 4 Tonnes
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 1,562 Tonnes 1,182 Tonnes
Total waste generated 1,923.53 Tonnes 1,520.09 Tonnes

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018
Baseline Period Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,454.33 908.58
Number of employees resident on-site 0.50 0.67
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0.64 0.58
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 16,720.95 15,500.97
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,892.40 2,743.76
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 5,116.85 3,648.29
Weighted campus users 11,236.72 11,175.22

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 1,745 Tonnes 1,379 Tonnes

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
10.49

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
10.49

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 No
Cooking oil No
Plant materials No
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
Scrap metal No
Pallets No
Tires No
Other (please specify below) Yes

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

The University's provider also collects and recycles sawdust


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
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Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

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

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:
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A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

- Waste reduction posters (procurement and recycling) developed and displayed regularly in several locations per campus.
- University specific signage in waste and recycling bins.
- Falling Trash student competition run in 2017 and 2018. Students downloaded the Falling Trash game app and play to compete for the top three scores to win a prize


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

A University Circular Economy Strategic Plan in currently being developed and will be made publicly available when finalised. This strategic plan will guide the entire University community in achieving our resource recovery and waste minimisation objectives using waste hierarchy in all university operations and activities


A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

The Tasmania University Union manages a reuse centre in Newnham campus, where staff and students can leave unwanted items or take items they need


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

All course guides, unit information, directories, etc. are available online. Some materials are printed for specific events (e.g., Open Day)


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

Accommodation Services organises end of year clean ups where unwanted items are stored, donated or recycled


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

The University's furniture Re-Use Program (https://www.utas.edu.au/infrastructure-services-development/sustainability/recycling-and-waste-management/re-use-program) allows staff to:
- List unwanted furniture that are suitable for re-use within the University
- View and search an online catalogue of furniture
- Claim or request an item


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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