Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Allie McAllister
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.94 / 3.00 Hector Cuadros
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
784.43 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,707.67 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:

Villanova University Recycling has been recycling since 1994 and is currently recycling over 20 different types of materials. The recycling program is primarily targeted to just the faculty, staff, and students of Villanova, however there are some items that the outside community are allowed to recycle with the program. Almost all recycling and municipal waste is collected on campus and handled appropriately by university employees. Only a few items such as food waste are handled by outside contractors. For over the past decade the recycling program recycled at an average rate of 25%. In the past year that rate has risen to 35%. The increased recycling rate can be contributed to two main factors, 1. A formal waste minimization and recycling committee was formed back in 2010 with representation of departments that are key in generating waste. 2.The University started formally recycling all construction waste this past year.

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

Currently we donate all perishable products in our inventory before we close for breaks (fall, spring, and Christmas) to Philabundance. We are also hoping to implement a food donation program for leftovers in Dougherty hall by the fall semester. We are working with students involved in the Food Recovery program. In addition, we have other programs such as Sunday Breakfast Mission, Shiloam Ministries, and many other events such as Special Olympics, Relay for life, and St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service.

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

All food trimmings produced during food preparation is weighed, recorded and placed in the composting cans. These cans are stored in a walk-in refrigerator designated for food waste and then they are picked up by waste management and delivered to a farm. The Recycling Coordinator makes the arrangement for the pickup and delivery of the food waste.

Utilizing the data from our Lean Path system as a department we have tracked on average 2,463 lbs of pre-consumer waste a week that is composted.

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

In Donahue, Dougherty and St. Mary’s dining halls post consumer food waste is scraped from plates\bowls and run through a pulper and stored in the same manner as the pre-consumer compost until it is picked up by Waste Management. Also Café Nova uses all compostable plates, cups and flatware.

On average we are sending out about 8,000 lbs of post consumer waste a week.

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:

Besides the materials that already have been mentioned, Villanova University also recycles all of its E-Waste, Universal waste and different types of automotive waste.

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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