WASTES AND HAZARDS: Solid Waste


13) How much total solid waste does your campus generate annually?
       It is estimated that the campus generates 885,703 pounds of solid waste each year. 

14) Have any waste-composition studies been conducted? 
Last fall the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 75, which requires state agencies and facilities to meet the same waste reduction goals as the rest of California. 
Due to AB 75, CSU, Chico is now required to divert 25% of its waste by 2002, and 50% by 2004.  There is currently a waste composition study being completed on campus that is directly related to the AB 75 legislation.  Chico State also was required to adopt an integrated waste management plan by February of this year. 

15) For the past academic year, how much solid-waste was:
 Landfilled: 634,000 pounds (estimated)
 Incinerated: 4,000 pounds (estimated)
 Recycled: 229,703 pounds (estimated)
 Composted and mulched: 18,000 pounds (estimated)

16) What were the costs of solid-waste disposal for the last academic year? 
      $63,344 

17) How have they changed over the past five years?
The cost of solid waste disposal has gone from $101,000 in 1995 to $63,344 in 1999. 

18) Does your campus have a recycling program? 
      Yes.  The program is titled the Associated Students Chico Recycling Program (ASCRP).

      When was the program started? 
      The AS. Chico Recycling Program began in May 1996.

      Who operates the program?
Currently the program is operated by the Associated Students.  All the staff are students        of CSUC, with the exception of one career staff (full-time).  Local high school students from the Community Classroom and Alternative Classroom also help by utilizing the program as a job-training site.  These special education students assist by sorting paper materials in small groups several times a week.

19) What is the budget for the program? 
The budget for this program changes every year.  The 1999-2000 budget is approximately  $80,000.  The majority of the budget funds career staff (full-time) and student salaries.  Other costs include operational expenses such as vehicle maintenance, purchase of collection bins, cleaning materials, advertising, publicity, etc.

How is it funded?
The program is funded through student fees.  During the 1998 student elections, students       voted for a fee increase to support recycling collections on campus.  Currently each student pays approximately $2.50 per semester towards the recycling program.  The revenues from materials collected are also estimated and included in the programs annual budget.  This revenue is estimated at approximately $2500 each year.

       Indicate revenues from recyclables sold:
The revenue for 1999 was $2600.  This revenue came from paid materials that included white paper, newspaper, office pack (colored/mixed paper), shredded paper, aluminum cans, and CRV glass and plastic.  Unpaid materials that are collected include phone books, cardboard, non-CRV glass and plastic, magazines, aluminum foil, tin (bi-metal), compost and batteries.

20) If your school has a recycling program, how many pounds of each material were recycled during the last academic year? 
Figures represent totals collected between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 1999.
White Ledger   81,642.7
Newspaper   76,536.6
Office Pack   51,477
Cardboard   27,262.5
Magazines   14,280.9
Scrap Glass   9,154 
Phone Books   7,193.4
Commingled Glass  4,449.5
Shredded Paper  3,668.6
CA Redem Glass  3,373.7
Colored Ledger  2,855.2
Mixed Paper   1,920
Tin    1,660
CA Redem. Alum.  750.5
Commingled Alum.  720
Mixed Printers Waste  699
Comm. PET   650.8
CA Redem Plastic  301.1
Scrap HDPE   286
Computer Paper  248.7
Colored Scrap Plastic  134.7
Scrap PET   74.8
CRV Plastic    24.1
CRV Alum. 10%M  11
Scrap Alum.   7.9 
Sub-Total  289,382.7 
Compost  30,000 (approx. weight) 
Totals   319,382.7 Pounds 
159.69135  Tons 

21) Please describe any programs your campus has implemented to promote source reduction (such as a reusable mug program, double-sided copying policies, switching from disposable to washable dishes, etc.)
The Associated Students Garden Café promotes mug re-use by offering drinks for $.50 if people bring in their own cups.  The ASCRP has a Reuse Room located in their office where students have access to free office supplies (envelopes, manila folders, file folders, etc.) that would have otherwise been thrown out.  Many professors also allow students to hand in assignments on paper that has previously been used on one side.  Most correspondence on campus has moved to being double-sided and half-sheet memos have been made available for use in an effort to save paper. 
 

 

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