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Solid Waste Reduction

Franklin & Marshall by 2020 is committed to reducing solid waste campus-wide. To reach this goal, College leaders will work with vendors to reduce product packaging and e-waste and implement educational programs to increase participation in recycling.

The plan sets immediate and long-term goals for solid waste reduction, including the following:

  • Goal 1: Reduce the total solid waste generated on campus from 11 lbs. per capita to 8 lbs. by 2020.
    • Strategy1: Reduce the total waste stream to achieve Goal 1 by developing a purchasing policy that addresses product packaging and waste, assesses the feasibility of composting or bio-digestion of food waste, focuses on raising awareness, and changing behavior around recycling and waste.
    • Strategy 2: Develop better auditing mechanisms to ensure that F&M’s e-waste is being properly recycled. 
    • Strategy 3: In order to mitigate the environmental impacts of consumption, undertake cost/benefit analyses before replacing equipment, furniture and the like to ensure upgrades are essential.
    • Strategy 4: Develop a campus standard, strategy and procedure for recycling all waste materials or trash. 
    • Strategy 5: Expand construction demolition waste reduction, recycling and reuse.
    • Strategy 6: Develop a waste minimization plan targeted at minimizing material packaging sent to campus. 
  • Goal 2: Achieve zero solid waste in the dining hall food services facilities.
    • Strategy 1: Establish a methodology for achieving zero waste (e.g., composting, bio-digestion, or an alternative technology). Consider looking at new compost vendors.
    • Strategy 2: Partner with Sodexo or other food service supplier to efficiently and effectively minimize waste from the dining hall. 

Existing Initiatives Cited in the Plan

The College in 1989 began a recycling program through a student-led initiative. F&M participates in Recyclemania, a friendly competition that collects and compares waste data among more than 600 colleges and universities. A voluntary program called "Dump-and-Run" encourages students to donate belongings they would otherwise discard. The Office of Information Technology Services also operates an e-waste recycling program.