Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.27
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date July 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Texas at Arlington
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.98 / 3.00 Meghna Tare
Office of Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
5,727.96 Metric tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
11,748.95 Metric 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:

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

UTA donated 900 lbs of food to Mission Arlington in 2015 . The food was grown in 0.5 acre of community garden on campus.

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

UTA has collected over 46 tons of food waste over the period of 5 years from the UTA Kitchens alone. Pre-consumer food is diverted to the University’s composting site.Items that can be and are collected and composted include:
1. Coffee grounds and paper coffee filters
2. Fruit Peels and Skins
3. Leftover Salads
4. Boiled Eggshells

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

When food decomposes in landfills, it generates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Composting food and other organic waste can reduce its climate impact while retaining vital nutrients for reuse in campus gardens and landscaping.

UT Arlington’s award-winning composting program is not only practical and environmentally friendly but is an outstanding learning tool and model for others considering similar programs. The program annually composts 32.4 tons of food waste from on-campus dining services and off-campus coffee shops and hospitals as well as yard waste collected from campus ground crews. The University uses this compost as mulch and soil amendment on campus grounds and in the new community garden.

Composting Program on Dallas News http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130421-ut-arlingtons-composter-helps-curb-campus-kitchens-food-waste.ece

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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