Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.06
Liaison Casey Meehan
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Western Technical College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.02 / 3.00 Amanda McCray
Sustainability Institute
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
116.84 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
228.14 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:

All of Western's electronics are either refurbished, donated or sold. If they cannot be refurbished, they are taken to the County Hazardous Materials Facility. HazMat items, bulbs, batteries, etc. are also taken to this facility for recycling or proper disposal. Furnishings are usually resold or donated. Western's trash is incinerated at the Xcel Waste-to-Energy facility in La Crosse.

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

Western has a food donation program through the Cavalier Cupboard. Students bring in any unwanted food to the cupboard, from here the food is distributed to local organizations who provide help to those in the community who need assistance.

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

Pre-consumer food waste is donated to a local chicken farmer who uses it to feed animals on the farm.

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

Food waste from the dining hall is donated to member within the local community. Community members use the food waste for their personal gardens, crops, and composting efforts.

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 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:

Thanks to the sustainability department and former sustainability department intern, Joshua Housel for providing this information.

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