Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.19
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Texas at Austin
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.53 / 3.00 Jeff Basile
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
4,431.21 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
4,277.92 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate:

1) Paper recycling program with at least 90% saturation throughout campus - high degree of participation and familiarity since 1993.
2) Can/bottle recycling program with less penetration but significant improvement in the past two years.
3) Popular move-out waste reduction program (Trash to Treasure)
4) Standard procedure to use University Surplus to move/eliminate unwanted furniture; UT Furniture Shop is a popular way to refurbish old furniture rather than buying new.
5) Newly implemented wood pallet recycling program saved 27 tons in its first year.
6) Increasing rate of recycling in campus residential halls and on-campus dining.
7) Division of Housing and Food Service placed several multi-function waste/recycling/compost stations throughout their facilities and scheduled staff to be onsite promoting usage.

This year's data collection is much better, and we were able to include recycling numbers from Document Solutions (paper and aluminum printing plates), Division of Housing and Food Service, University Surplus together with Facilities Services data.

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