Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date Aug. 24, 2016
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Warren Wilson College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.84 / 3.00 Alison Climo
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Effectiveness
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
239.28 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
150.96 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:

We operate a full scale waste reduction facility where a crew of 18-25 students is responsible for collecting and managing over 25 recyclable materials, operating a Free Store and wood shop, composting campus food waste, disposing of solid waste, researching and implementing new waste reduction programs, and educating the campus about waste-related issues. Other than the usual recycling/trash dumpsters located at our facility, we have a cardboard baler and 2 in-vessel compost GreenDrums and compost curing area.

The National Wildlife Federation has recognized the WWC Recycling Program as the best in the nation among all higher ed institutions.

More information can be found here:

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

We try to keep overproduction to an absolute minimum; however, any excess food, especially during times we close for breaks, is donated to MANNA FoodBank:
MANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization, founded in 1982, that links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of western North Carolina.

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

100% of pre-consumer food waste is composted by the Recycling Crew and used as soil amendments in the College Garden and landscape.

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

All dining locations have compost containers at dish return areas to capture 100% of post-consumer food waste that is composted by the Recycling Crew and used as soil amendment in the Campus Garden and on the landscape. .

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 Yes
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting Yes
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:

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