Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.05
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
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STARS v2.0

York University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.96 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
3,081.71 Metric tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,643.82 Metric 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:
In 1990, York University adopted a policy to achieve a 50% waste reduction by the year 2000. To meet this goal, Campus Services and Business Operations formalized a comprehensive, multi-faceted waste management and diversion program in the mid-1990s. The program experienced early success and, in response, a more ambitious goal was set to reach 65% solid waste recycling ratio by the year 2013. By the end of 2008 we were well on our way, having achieved a 58% recycling ratio. On June 7, 2010 the University launched its ZeroWaste program to build on existing waste diversion and green cleaning initiatives.

A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:
Food4Thought is the only on-campus food bank at York University and is a member agency of the North York Harvest Food Bank allowing for regular deliveries of replenishments. The issue of food insecurity on campus has resulted in Food4Thought becoming an essential service of the YFS. All members are welcome to use this service, including undergraduate and graduate, full-time and part-time, York and Seneca@York students who have finished their meal plan or members of the student community requiring emergency food relief.

A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
All food vendors on campus are required to collect organic waste kitchen scraps for composting at an off-site industrial facility. A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution: -Approximately 60 Organic Digesters (a.k.a. composters) are located around the outdoors of Keele and Glendon campuses (see http://www.yorku.ca/csbo/documents/compost_digester_locations_map.pdf for locations) These digesters can be used by the York community to dispose of any fruit or vegetable waste. -As a part of the ZeroWaste program, since June 7, 2010, all kitchenettes/coffee rooms have been fitted with a container to collect food waste for composting.

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

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 ---
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting ---
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment ---
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires ---

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
Clothing, electronic waste.

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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