UMBC’s proposed strategies for the reduction of GHG emissions associated with waste management focus on the following areas: reduce solid waste generation, increase waste diversion rate from the landfill, and increase total organic waste diversion.
Solid Waste Generation Reduction
Reduce the amount of solid waste generated.
- Work with procurement to identify purchasing and contractual mechanisms to reduce the amount of packing materials associated with the freight of goods
- Collaborate with work control to increase the number of institutional items salvaged for reuse or destined for surplus
1 MTeCO2 reduction per 7 tons of waste reduced
Work with procurement to identify contracting opportunities to specify reduction of bulk paging
2025: reduce solid waste generation by 10 tons
2035: reduce solid waste generation by an additional 10 tons
Increase Waste Diversion Rate
Increase the amount of materials entering the recycling stream.
- Improve recycling rate through engagement/education
- Increase recycling through the identification of unique recyclable materials and programs
- Continue and expand Trex University challenge to recycle single-use plastic bags
Every 1 ton of material diverted from the landfill is an avoidance of 0.1467 MTeCO2
Time and materials devoted to recycling education and engagement of the campus population
2025: Increase diversion rate to 45 percent
2035: Increase diversion rate to 55 percent
Organic Waste Diversion
Increase the amount of pre and post-consumer organic waste (i.e., compost) diverted from campus.
- Increase the amount of organic waste diverted from campus dining establishments
- Identify areas on campus to feasibly expand the collection of organic waste collection
For every ton of organic waste diverted and composted -0.05 MTeCO2 is “offset” to UMBC’s carbon emissions. The negative emissions factor is an estimate for the CO2 sink from increased humus formation and soil carbon restoration associated with composting.
- $ per year for increasing composting efforts at campus dining establishments
- $ per year for expanding compost collection on campus
2020: Pilot organic compost collection point(s) on the residential side of campus
2025: Increase organic waste diversion at campus dining establishments by 20% from 2019’s metrics
2030: Offer organic waste diversion throughout the entire campus
2040: Attain net-zero carbon emissions from the disposal of solid waste