How much trash and recycling does Mason generate? What is our diversion rate now?

Posted: January 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm, Last Updated: May 15, 2020 at 10:30 am

Mason’s diversion rate measures the percentage of material waste that is composted, recycled, reused, donated, or otherwise not disposed of in landfills or burnt in incinerators.  Recycled materials include co-mingled plastics, metal, white paper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, electronics, as well as mattresses, furniture, and other durable goods. Items donated from Patriot Pack Out and our Zero Waste ‘Green Game’ demonstrate Mason’s efforts to educate others about appropriate behaviors with waste while diverting as much as possible away from the trash. You might be familiar with the phrase “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.” We are working with Mason’s purchasers to invest in Climate Neutral Certified goods while decreasing the quantity of items purchased. Acquiring sustainably made and durable goods can be more impactful in reducing environmental impact than end-of-stream diversion.

Mason’s diversion rate for fiscal years (FY) 2017, 2018, and 2019 is included below:

  • FY 2017 (7/1/16–6/30/17): generated 4,000 tons of waste; of which diverted 847 tons (21%).
  • FY 2018 (7/1/17–6/30/18): generated 4,609 tons of waste; of which diverted 755 tons (16.4%).
  • FY 2019 (7/1/17–6/30/19): generated 4,195 tons of waste; of which diverted 712 tons (17%).

For even more specific information, please email facilq@gmu.edu and provide at least 2 weeks for us to collect detailed data. You can also check out Mason’s AASHE profile and STARS reports.

 

Write to Benjamin Auger at bauger@gmu.edu