Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.78
Liaison Sarah Rykal
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Stout
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.98 / 3.00 Tim Cline
Graduate Assistant
Sustainability Office
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
337.41 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
699.55 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:

Weights are from FY2014 (July 2013-June 2014)

Trash: 1,399,100 lbs (source: Advanced Disposal invoices)
Commingled recycling: 183,035 lbs (source: Advanced Disposal invoices)
Compost recycled: 326,583 lbs (source: Advanced Disposal invoices)
E-Scrap recycled: 5,408 lbs (source: Surplus)
Scrap metal recycled by Surplus: 33,359 lbs (source: Surplus)
Batteries recycled by Surplus: 2,837 lbs (source: Surplus)
Toner Cartridges by Surplus: 1,084 (source: Surplus)
Mixed paper: 183,473 lbs (estimates based on Recyclemania weights --52 weeks at an average of 1967.50 lbs) (source: recyclemania data)
Cardboard: 128,401 lbs (estimates based on Recyclemania weights -- 52 weeks at an average of 2910 lbs) (source: recyclemania data)
Scrap Metal: 41,290 lbs (source: Physical Plant Financial Specialist)

Our campus Surplus Store does not weigh the items sold or redistributed to the campus. The Surplus Store measures reused and re-sold items in dollars. The estimated dollars saved by campus departments reusing items from the Surplus Store was $104,900. And the income generated through sale of items to the public from the Surplus Store was $140,292. And the number of public customers who purchased items from the Surplus Store was 3,414.


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

The UW-Sprout Campus Garden donates excess food to the local food pantry.


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

Dining Services composts pre-consumer food waste from our three production facilities.


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

Students, faculty, and staff are able to place food waste and other compostable materials into compost collection containers in all buildings on campus. These materials are collected by custodial staff and brought to a central compost container, where they are picked up by a compost hauler and composted.


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 No
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:

All campus property is redistributed or sold by Surplus.
Plastic bags, films, and wraps are recycled.


Weights are from FY2014 (July 2013-June 2014)

Trash: 1,399,100 lbs (source: Veolia invoices)
Commingled recycling: 183,035 lbs (source: Veolia invoices)
Compost recycled: 326,583 lbs (source: Veolia invoices)
E-Scrap recycled: 18,237 lbs (source: Surplus)
Scrap metal recycled by Surplus: 41,855 lbs (source: Surplus)
Batteries recycled by Surplus: 112 lbs (source: Surplus)
Mixed paper: 183,473 lbs (estimates based on Recyclemania weights --52 weeks at an average of 1967.50 lbs) (source: recyclemania data)
Cardboard: 128,401 lbs (estimates based on Recyclemania weights -- 52 weeks at an average of 2910 lbs) (source: recyclemania data)
Our campus Surplus Store does not weigh the items sold or redistributed to the campus. The Surplus Store measures reused and re-sold items in dollars. However, it's important to note that the estimated dollars saved by campus departments reusing items from the Surplus Store in FY2011 was $110,735. And the income generated through sale of items to the public from the Surplus Store in FY2011 was $127,918. Additionally, the number of public customers who purchased items from the Surplus Store in FY2011 was 3,091.

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