1C Reduced Waste Production

PILLAR 1C QUESTIONS 

1C1: What percentage of solid waste is diverted from landfilling or incinerating due to recycling and/or composting (i.e. Recycling Rate)?

• A – Monthly garbage service in cubic yards (garbage dumpster size(s) x number of collections per month x percentage full when emptied or collected).

• B – Monthly recycling volume in cubic yards (recycling dumpster sizes(s) x number of collections per month x percentage full when emptied or collected).

• C – Monthly compostable materials volume(s) in cubic yards (food scrap/food soiled paper dumpster size(s) x number of collections per month x percentage full when emptied or collected).

Recycling Rate = ((B + C) ÷ (A + B + C) x 100)

RESOURCES FOR THIS QUESTION:

WasteWise Re-TRAC  Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools  Waste Free Lunches

1C2: What percentage of your school’s total office/classroom paper content by cost is post-consumer material or fiber from forests certified as responsibly managed by the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm System or other certification standard? (If a product is only 30% recycled, only 30% of the cost should be counted)

RESOURCES FOR THIS QUESTION:

Conservatree  FSC Certified Paper  SFI Certified Paper  PEFC Certified Paper

1C3: What percentage of the total office/classroom paper content by cost is totally chlorine-free (TCF) or processed chlorine free (PCF)?

1C4: Please provide the following information about your school’s hazardous waste:

• How much hazardous waste does you school produce (lbs/person/year)?

• How is the amount generated calculated?

• List the types of hazardous waste generated

• How is hazardous waste monitored?

1C5: Which of the following benchmarks has your school achieved to minimize and safely manage hazardous waste?

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Our school has a hazardous waste policy for storage, management, and disposal that is actively enforced.

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Our school disposes of unwanted computer and electronic products through an approved recycling facility or program.

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All our computer purchases are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certified products

• Our custodial program has been certified to the Green Seal Standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services (GS-42), the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard – Green Building or an equivalent standard.

RESOURCES FOR THIS QUESTION:

Hazardous Waste Checklist  School Lab Chemical Inventory  Design for the Environment

EPEAT  Institutional Cleaning Services Standard

Cleaning Industry/Management Standards  Green Computing Leadership Initiative

1C6: Does your school use “third party certified” green cleaning products?

RESOURCES FOR THIS QUESTION:

Ecolabels  Green Cleaning Products  Cleaning and Janitorial Products

Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign

1C7: What other indicators do you have of your school’s reduction of solid waste and elimination of hazardous waste?