Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Western Kentucky University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.58 / 3.00 Sara Hutchison
Recycling and Surplus Coordinator
Facilites Management
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
484.34 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
2,003.64 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:

-purchase of new indoor and outdoor recycling bins, placed campus-wide
-combining of recycling and surplus departments
-introduction of food waste composting into the recycling diversion rate
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A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

A food pantry has been created and is managed by the Office of Sustainability. However, the pantry is comprised of donations from other faculty/staff/community members and not from food from on campus.


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

In January, 2014 WKU began composting pre and post consumer waste from the main campus dining hall. The food waste is pulped, collected in a bin, and taken to a local arboretum for finishing to compost where it is used on site. On average, 1 ton of food waste is diverted from the waste stream each month.


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

See above.


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:
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