Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Western Colorado University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Nathan King
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
417 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:

Improved recycling program, recyclemania participation, composting with Earth Tub, paperless Fridays initiative, green purchasing initiatives, Freecycle program, LEED building design, student sustainability coordinators, sustainability fund, renewable energy fund, Colorado Greening Government Initiatives, ACUPCC signatory, and Terracycle participation.


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

We donate food waste to a local pig farm.


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

We compost pre-consumer food waste in an Earth Tub. Two student sustainability coordinators operate/maintain the tub and teach food service workers what is compostable.


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

We compost post-consumer food waste in an Earth Tub. Two student sustainability coordinators operate/maintain the tub and teach students what is compostable.


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 ---
Food for animals Yes
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 No
Tires No

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