Metrics and Data

Georgia State Recycling compiles data and metrics from all the various vendors and haulers that support recycling and waste diversion efforts on campus, and then lays out the information in an annual report. This yearly summary guides the waste management narrative on the Georgia State campus, highlights success stories and also identifies opportunities for improvement.

With 2015 representing the program’s baseline year, great strides were made in 2016 to continue to reduce landfill waste and improve campus recycling and diversion rates.

To see the full annual report, please review our 2016 Waste Management Summary.

To see last year’s annual report, please review our 2015 Waste Management Summary.

2017 Diversion Rates:

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2016 Highlights:

  • Total landfill waste decreased by 170 tons in 2016, meaning the Georgia State community generated 12% less waste overall compared to 2015 – despite the addition of new buildings and continued growth of the campus
  • The introduction of Piedmont Central boosted the dining commons’ total compost tonnage in 2016 to 230 tons, representing an 81% increase from 2015
  • Panther Food Recovery Network redistributed 8,000 lbs of edible food to the Atlanta community
  • The recycling rate improved by 1% and the diversion rate improved by 4% overall in 2016
  • The best recycling rate (23.12% – February ‘16) and highest diversion rate (42.01% – October ’16) occurred during peak times in the semester when the highest percentage of the community lives and works on campus

2016 Diversion Highlights:

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Institutional Diversion v. Individual Recycling Rates:

Please note the distinction between the institutional diversion and individual recycling rates. What’s the difference?

A recycling rate measures an individual’s inputs, or what each student, staff or faculty member contributes to the campus recycling program from their everyday waste footprint. The recycling rate is most heavily influenced by behavior change on an individual level, and therefore can be targeted for improvement through outreach and education efforts. Based on current processes, the recycling rate is calculated by adding the weight of single stream recyclables, recovered food and ink cartridges (the three programs in which individuals can participate) and dividing by the total of all solid waste generated on campus.

A diversion rate measures institutional inputs, and includes all campus initiatives that divert waste from the landfill. The diversion rate is most heavily influenced by large construction projects as well as waste diversion programs (such as the SOMAT system in the dining halls) that do not necessarily require participation on an individual level. Therefore, the diversion rate is an indicator of the prioritization of waste management on the Georgia State campus. The diversion rate is calculated by adding the weight of all materials that did not end up in a landfill and dividing by the total of all solid waste generated on campus.

Georgia State Recycling is working to improve current initiatives and roll out many new projects in 2017.