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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 45.25
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Kentucky
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Mari Long
Recycling Coordinator
PPD Campus Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
2,849 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
8,492 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:

UK started an All-in-One recycling program in August of 2013. This has been an investment of nearly 70- 8 cubic yard front loaders, a mini packer recycling truck, and several compactors devoted to single stream recycling. In 2014, UK generated 555 tons of this commingled material. We bid out the additional diverted material in 2015 to formalize agreements regarding tires, pallets, metal, used oil, cooking oil, blue wrap, universal waste and a variety of odds and ends such as toners and #5 plastic.


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

Campus Kitchens and Big Blue Pantry are both food donation programs at UK.


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

TBD - A program is being developed for launch in 2015


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

TBD - A program is being developed for launch in 2015


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 No
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:

Hardbound books, oil filters, leaves, #5 plastic from labs, and blue wrap.


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.