Zero Waste: 2008/2009 Report

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Landfill: the lowest amount in ten years!

Our goal is zero waste by 2012.

  • Over the past ten years, Catlin Gabel School reduced landfill waste 54% from a peak of 71 tons in 2001/2002 to 32 tons in 2008/2009.
  • Landfill rates and hauling fees increased 33.5% during the same period.

Year One: 2007/2008: 2nd lowest amount in ten years

  • In 2007/2008 Catlin Gabel School focused on removing recyclables from the landfill waste stream. 
  • Landfill dropped from 65.22 tons to 46.35 tons, 2.65 tons below the first year goal.
  • The school spent 18% less than in 2006/2007, a savings of $1,752 and avoided $3,081 in costs related to the year's 14% rate increase.

 Year Two: 2008/2009: lowest amount in ten years

  • In 2008/2009 Catlin Gabel School focused on removing food from the landfill waste stream. 
  • The Grounds staff designed and constructed a hot compost system for the campus.  Post-consumer cafeteria food waste is composted using this process. Kitchen trimmings are fed to goats and chickens.  Lower School food waste is placed in worm farms or composted at the Lower School Garden.
  • Landfill dropped from 46.35 tons to 32.49 tons, 0.51 tons below the second year goal.  The school spent 33% less than in 2007/2008, a savings of $2,481.

Year Three: 2009/2010

  • The  focus for year three is on purchasing with end of use in mind.
  • Identify sources that use less packaging and vendors whose packaging is 100% recyclable.
  • Give preference to longer life cycles and the highest percentage of content that can be recycled at end of use.