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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Sandy Beauregard
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colby College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Kevin Bright
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
405.50 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
566 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:

Colby's waste diversion efforts includes recycling of redeemable bottles, paper, plastics, metals, glass, batteries, light bulbs, ink cartridges, shoes, and used technological items. We also have a RESCUE program, Recycle Everything, Save Colby's Usable Excess, for students unwanted furniture and other goods after moving out, and a semi-annual Freecycle event for office goods and furniture.


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

Dining Services donates excess food from the dining halls and catering events and there are also boxes for students to donate food around RESCUE time


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

All pre-consumer food waste generated during prep is collected from kitchens and dish rooms of all campus dining facilities daily. Food waste is collected in 5-gallon buckets with special screw-on lids and is trucked to the Physical Plant Department where is it consolidated in a campus composting bin.


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

Similarly, all post-consumer food waste generated after meals is collected from kitchens and dish rooms of all campus dining facilities daily. Food waste is collected in 5-gallon buckets with special screw-on lids and is trucked to the Physical Plant Department where is it consolidated in a campus composting bin.


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 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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