Log In

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 51.34
Liaison Kat Pohlman
Submission Date April 26, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.31 / 3.00 Kathryn Pohlman
Sustainability Coordinator
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
365.91 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
3,193.48 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:

UNCW collects source separated recyclables from each building and in many outside locations on campus and maintains a recycling depot where large amounts may be dropped off. There is an e-cycling program for electronics and batteries as well as light bulbs are collected by EH&S. UNCW has participated in RecycleMania for years, often placing first in the CAA. In the last three years, UNCW has:
upgraded it's depot,
bought bailers capable of crushing bottles with lids,
purchased a dehydrator for soil amendment,
started diverting pre-consumer food wast from the main dining hall,
completely eliminated plastic bags on campus (except where required by franchise)
eliminated plastic bottles from move-in an replaced them with reusable bottles and refilling stations
started zero-waste events

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

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

In 2015, UNCW started sending pre-consumer organics from the main dining hall, Wagoner, to a composting facility. Also, one of the smaller dining halls has been equipped with a dehydrator for pre-consumer organics.

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 No
Food for animals No
Food composting No
Cooking oil No
Plant materials composting No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges No
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets No
Motor oil No
Tires No

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

Materials disposed in the landfill is based off of a calculation from what UNCW was charged and price/ton. UNCW does not have a method of weighing trucks before and after they pick up waste.

Materials diverted does not contain surplused items. While these are inventoried, they are not weighed.

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.