Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date June 18, 2014
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.71 / 3.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
261.75 Tons
+ Date Revised: Sept. 1, 2015

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
839.12 Tons
+ Date Revised: Sept. 1, 2015

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:

We have had a strong Recyclemania effort since 2008. Recycling containers are generally co-located with trash containers. Recycling containers generally have restrictive tops. Sustainability Advisers (peer-to-peer student educators) have promoted recycling in residence halls. Dining Services have greatly reduced food waste, which was sent to the landfill before 2012.


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

When practical, food is sent to the Oshkosh Community Food Pantry. In particular, prepared foods and ingredients are sent there prior to closing services for breaks.


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

Organic waste from kitchens are collected and delivered to a commercial-scale anaerobic biodigester. The solids from the biodigester are sent to commercial composters, or to local farms and landscaping companies for use as a soil amendment.


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

Post-consumer food waste is collected in the Blackhawk Commons, the buffet style dinging hall. This organic waste is collected with the use of a food pulper and then delivered to a commercial-scale anaerobic biodigester. The solids from the biodigester are sent to commercial composters, or to local farms and landscaping companies for use as a soil amendment.


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 ---
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs ---
Toner/ink-jet cartridges ---
White goods (i.e. appliances) ---
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil ---
Tires ---

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
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