Recycling Operations Center
Grounds and Recycling Operations Center
Students sorting recycling on the containers line
Student sorting on both sorting lines
Fac Man recycling crew unloading materials
Fac Man crews emptying recycling
Recycling Operations Center dock
Eco Rep student staff
Students sorting compost at a football game
Students sorting at a waste composition study

Release of Fiscal Year 2018 Waste Diversion Metrics - 11/01/2018

CU-Boulder’s Recycling Partnership has concluded its analysis of CU-Boulder’s solid waste management activity for fiscal year 2017-2018. The analysis includes reuse, recycling, composting, and landfill statistics. Performance measures such as the rate diverted from landfills as well as the environmental benefits of the program have also been calculated. Several of the summary tables and charts are included with additional supporting information available on request.

The Partnership consists of employees in Facilities Management, Housing and Dining Services, and CU’s Student Government (CUSG). The Partnership is guided by a Board of Directors who reports to the Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure & Sustainability and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Results of this analysis will continue to guide continuous improvement as well as update annual reports and publications.

Solid waste management data has been compiled and analyzed by the Facilities Management Campus Building Services associate directors and staff. Improvements in the accuracy and timeliness of reporting have again been made possible this year with the assistance of a number of campus staff from several departments including the Distribution Ctr., the Environmental Ctr., Housing & Dining Services, and Transportation Services.

Methodology for this analysis is consistent with national recording and reporting definitions. The analysis includes weight-based records from certified scales for approximately 90% of all materials reported here.

EPA approved conversion factors were used for several materials where scale-based weights were not possible (i.e. motor oil, fryer grease). Percentages of steel, aluminum, glass, and plastic were documented in a 2013 Senior Honors thesis and applied to CU’s commingled container stream (since they are not separated and weighed prior to shipping).

Some of the findings include:

• A 51.32 percent diversion rate - the highest in CU’s history. By comparison, the state of Colorado diversion rate in 2016 was only 12%. The City of Boulder’s reported diversion rates for 2016 were 52% for houses, 23% apartment and townhomes, and 35% for businesses. Nationally, 34.7% was diverted from landfills in 2015.

• A 5.57 percent decrease in landfilling (177.0 tons). This is the first time the university has sent less than 3000 tons to landfill since reporting began in FY01.

• A 6.89 percent increase (203.7 tons) in materials diverted. Since reporting numbers began in FY01, diverted material has increased 244%.

• Organics and wood diversion increased 59% with a full year of operations at the Kittredge loop diversion site. At the end of FY18 the east campus diversion site was completed and added a new site dedicated to waste diversion for Facilities and Housing staffs.

• Scrap metal collections across campus rose 66%.

• Organics from dining facilities rose 5% to 530 tons. 86% of overall campus organics (non yard/tree waste) comes from six locations, UMC, C4C, Grounds & Recycling Center, Farrand, Sewall, and Village Dining Center.

• The commitments made by other departments to increase accuracy and prompt reporting remains appreciated and is vitally important to improving the quality of future analyses.

Fiscal Year 18 Diversion Rate is 51%Fiscal Year 18 Landfill and Diversion totals

LANDFILL and DIVERSION Summary Tables





Year

Tons Diverted

Tons Landfilled

Total Tons of All Waste

Diversion Rate

2000-01

1,293

3,578

4,871

26.54%

2001-02

1,480

3,826

5,307

27.90%

2002-03

1,465

3,812

5,277

27.77%

2003-04

1,453

3,857

5,310

27.36%

2004-05

1,658

3,810

5,468

30.32%

2005-06

1,892

3,657

5,549

34.09%

2006-07

1,877

3,676

5,552

33.80%

2007-08

1,937

3,443

5,380

35.99%

2008-09

2,154

3,535

5,689

37.86%

2009-10page3image58872

2,022

3,363

5,385

37.55%

2010-11

2,198

3,017

5,215

42.15%

2011-12

2,318

3,206

5,524

41.97%

2012-13

2,458

3,164

5,622

43.72%

2013-14

2,358

3,165

5,523

42.69%

2014-15

2,541

3,278

5,820

43.67%

2015-16

2,754

3,332

6,086

45.25%

2016-17

2,958

3,176

6,134

48.22%

2017-18

3,161

2,999

6,161

51.32%