|Submission Date||July 12, 2016|
University of Texas at Arlington
OP-23: Waste Diversion
Office of Sustainability
Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
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, 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 for animals||No|
|Plant materials composting||Yes|
|Animal bedding composting||No|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||Yes|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
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