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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.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.71 / 3.00 Jonathan Baer
Director, Building Services
Building Services
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
3,250 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
2,440 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:

Princeton is committed to reducing its total waste stream while increasing the percentage of recycling across all categories. Our initiatives include the following:

-The University communicates its waste reduction and recycling goals to the campus community through the Facilities and Sustainability websites, the annual Highlights brochure, campus news stories, and signage.

-Princeton’s student Ecology Representatives--the Eco-Reps--program was founded in 2004 in conjunction with Princeton Facilities. The Eco-Reps encourage campus waste reduction and recycling through research, education, and providing the campus community with the tools necessary to implement more sustainable practices. Each year, including last year, the Eco-Reps have helped collect move-out donations and Princeton Reunions recycling.

-The University has placed hundreds of 3-in-1 recycling receptacles throughout the campus in dormitories, classrooms, conference rooms and labs.

-In 2014, the student group Greening Princeton collaborated with Building Services to complete the University’s first single-stream recycling pilot and communications campaign. Both projects were a success and the University will begin rolling out single-stream recycling to residential halls during Fall 2014.

-More than 500 copies of the University’s Recycling Guidelines have been posted across campus.

-Since 2008, the University has been composting nearly 100 percent of the leaves and landscape trimmings collected on campus.


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

Since 1997, all food scraps from dining halls as well as back-of-the-counter food preparation at Frist Campus Center have been used as animal feed or compost in the region.


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

Since 1997, all food scraps from dining halls as well as back-of-the-counter food preparation at Frist Campus Center have been used as animal feed or compost in the region.

Graduate Students living in University apartment complexes also have the option to compost, while students who live in the Town of Princeton in non-University housing can participate in the municipal curbside organic program.


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:

The University offers bins in the Frist student center for individuals to recycle cell phones and cell phone accessories, as well as pens.


The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.