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
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
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
Office Pack 51,477
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
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
Compost 30,000 (approx. weight)
Totals 319,382.7 Pounds
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.