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Cornell University Case Study

The Challenge

  • Major university with diverse stakeholders across campus
  • Goal to put recycling and diversion efforts on track to meet sustainability targets
  • Objective to streamline and optimize waste system logistics

The Solution

  • Engaged stakeholders across campus in larger vision
  • Evaluated logistics structure as a single, integrated system
  • Rationalized and standardized routes, containers, and schedules
  • Developed feedback and reporting system across key stakeholders

The Results

  • Since 2011, Cornell has saved 14.9% per year in service fees alone (not including tipping fees and recycling offsets); a number well above program projections
  • Quarterly sustainability reviews drive increased diversion optimization programs
  • Annual logistics reviews ensure alignment with university goals and evolution
  • Environmental co-benefits including reduced fuel consumption and improvements in local air quality
  • Awarded Casella the annual Cornell University Supplier Recognition Award in 2013 and 2014


Casella is more than a supplier to the university. They are a valued partner in our work to build a greener and more efficient campus.
- Suzanne Willcox
Strategic Sourcing Manager