The University of Georgia Costa Rica 2014-2015 Sustainability Report UGA Costa Rica 2014 - 2015 Sustainability Report - Page 38

Solid Waste 28.64 From May 2013 to May 2015, UGA Costa Rica produced an average of 28.64 bags of waste per month. 38 University of Georgia Costa Rica 50 32.6 24.5 20 33.8 30 44.6 40 26.5 Waste sent to the landfill is quantified in terms of the number of bags of waste produced, with each averaging 12 kilograms in weight. The campus has set a goal of producing no more than 30 bags of waste per month. From May 2013 to May 2015, UGA Costa Rica produced an average of 28.64 bags of waste per month, meeting the goal. However, this is not the only indication of the success of limiting waste production Bednights per bag of waste produced 37.8 Reusing and repurposing materials is an easy method of preserving precious landfill space, reducing demand for natural resources, and reducing energy consumed for manufacturing new products. UGACR reuses materials in a number of ways. Old sheets and towels are repurposed into rags for the housekeeping department. Containers of food purchased for the kitchen are reused for storage. Salvageable material from old structures is saved and reused in new construction or remodeling. Uneaten food at the dining hall is reused as food for the pigs at the stables or compost in the organic farm. on campus. Relating occupancy levels on campus with waste generation reveals an important trend. In 2013, a new faculty residence was constructed on campus, skewing the amount of waste produced. However, since then, UGA Costa Rica has been able to steadily increase the number of bednights on campus for every bag of waste produced. This is an important metric, as it provides an equalizing factor among varying occupancy rates on campus from year to year. Bednights per 12 kg Bags of Waste Produced The nearest landfill is located in Puntarenas, 37 miles, or 60 kilometers, from campus, meaning special care must be devoted to waste generation on campus. 10 0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015