Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Whitman College
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.38 / 8.00 Elissa Brown
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant Services
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 72.50 Tons 70.20 Tons
Materials composted 72.10 Tons 61 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 6.60 Tons 5 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 137.90 Tons 150.10 Tons
Total waste generated 289.10 Tons 286.30 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

Our baseline year was adopted because it was the first year that complete records were maintained for our trash, recycling, and yard waste disposal programs (materials landfilled/incinerated, materials recycled, and materials composted, respectively).


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 865 786
Number of employees resident on-site 7 7
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,431.40 1,504
Full-time equivalent of employees 560 467.40
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 154 144
Weighted campus users 1,596.05 1,568.80

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.18 Tons 0.18 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0.75

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
52.30

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
52.30

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food No
Cooking oil No
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics No
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

The institution does recycle electronics, but reliable data was not captured until after this performance year.


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
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Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

All materials collected as recyclables are sorted at our own on-campus recycling center before being delivered to the local business that contracts with the MRF.


A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

A week-long food waste audit was conducted in Fall 2019 to provide data necessary in planning potential construction of a future college-operated composting facility.


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

The Whitman College Physical Plant facilitates storage and reuse of furniture and other items.


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

Whitman has a "For Sale" community listserv that is often used to facilitate peer-to-peer exchange.


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

In Fall 2019, Whitman implemented print release stations for student printing to limit the number of "orphaned" print jobs.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Whitman uses Canvas, a learning management platform.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Whitman students living in the Environmental Interest House facilitate a collection of items during move-out and distribution during move-in.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

The annual Whitman College Physical Plant Yard Sale sells items collected throughout the year to community members for very reasonable prices. All proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for non-traditional students. https://www.union-bulletin.com/local_columnists/sale-marks-years-of-supporting-non-traditional-students/article_d57f685c-cc2e-11e9-9ae6-cba7778907e6.html


Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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