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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 51.12
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Florida
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.34 / 3.00 Liz Storn
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
6,995.06 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
8,714.11 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:

UF has begun to quantify the total amount of waste donated, resold, or otherwise diverted by developing average weights for typical items and using the inventory of donated, resold or otherwise diverted products to estimate the tonnage. A number of programs are available on-campus, including expanded recycling options for film and hard plastics, composting of food waste from most dining facilities on-campus, and continuing expansion of composting and recycling on campus. We do not consider materials re-used on campus in our recycling number, as the same item could theoretically be counted many times as it passed from department to department, and should also be reflected in lower waste amounts since new products are not necessary.

Asset Management encourages staff to reuse campus materials through the surplus warehouse and swap meet website. (http://www.fa.ufl.edu/am)

Housing residents donate a large amount of materials to local charities through the annual move-out waste reduction program.


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:

Pre-consumer food waste composting began in March 2014 at Fresh Food Company, Gator Corner, the Racquet Club and the Reitz Union Food Court, and is continuing to be rolled out across dining facilities on campus. Additionally, Starbucks Coffee franchises on campus collect and give away coffee grounds for use as compost to student organizations and the Physical Plant Department.


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

Post-consumer food waste composting began in March 2014 at Fresh Food Company and Gator Corner Dining Center. Other locations are currently being studied for implementation.


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 Yes
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:

Plastic film, hard plastics, rubber belts, land-applied sludge from the wastewater treatment plant.


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.