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Waste Audit

What is a Waste Audit?

Waste audits are a sorting and weighing of collected trash and recyclables from a specific building. This data can be used to determine the amount and types of waste that is generated. Information from these audits can help us determine how we can reduce the waste stream from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

The primary purposes of a waste audit are to...

  1. Initiate our Zero Waste programs
  2. Obtain insight on the amount of food waste for our composting program
  3. Identify anything that is not working correctly (e.g., if an item is consistently found in the wrong bin)
  4. Develop a plan to address deficiencies (usually through communication and education)

Waste audits allow a starting point on minimizing our waste production and promoting reusable material, composting and better recycling results.

 

1st Floor University Center Waste Audit

On October 26th, 2019, the Islander Green Team, made up of student volunteers, sorted through waste from the University Center that was collected for disposal. The total amount of material collected weighed 81.8 pounds or approximately 170 gallons by volume. 

With the generous help from SSC custodial staff, the 1st floor University Center garbage was collected, set aside, labeled and separated into the following groups; recycling and trash. This report details the composition of the waste collected from these areas over a 24 hour period. For health and safety concerns, bathroom waste was not collected.

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Islander Green Team volunteers during the waste sorting

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Volunteers after the audit, from left to right: Jessica Palitza, Elizabeth Moreau, Catana Faison, Elliot Leger, Nathan Chapman, Dominique Cuellar, & Roy Roberts

 

Past Audits:

Spring 2019 Bell Library Waste Audit

Fall 2018 Early Childhood Development Center Waste Audit

Spring 2018 Island Hall & Dugan Wellness Center Waste Audit

Fall 2017 Bell Library Waste Audit

Spring 2017 Early Childhood Development Center Waste Audit

Fall 2017 Bell Library Waste Audit

 

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