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Skidmore College Case Study

The Challenge

  • Private institute of higher education with 2,500 students and 1,100 employees
  • Established goal to reach a 40% recycling rate by the end of 2014
  • Lack of proper staff training and communication, difficulty in accessing relevant data, and unattractive, ineffective signage led to low recycling rate of 16%

The Solution

  • Casella spent time with management becoming familiar with the institution and its operations, while involving all stakeholders and participants in the conversation and program processes
  • Efficiently implemented Zero-Sort® recycling around campus, including the provision of clear, monthly data reports essential to strategic planning
  • Increased sustainability awareness through in-house designed co-branded signage, special presentations for faculty and staff, and regular waste audits performed with students and faculty

The Results

  • Increase in recycling rate to 28% over the past year, with 40% monthly recycling rates in May and June 2014
  • Able to both appropriately capture and divert increased volumes during move-out periods
  • Quarterly meetings and routine site visits and reviews aimed toward constant improvement and goal achievement


From the quarterly meetings and conference calls to the overall support we've received, even including our local Casella sales rep sorting trash with us, it has been a very pleasant process. It goes above and beyond what we would expect from a typical waste hauler.
- Rachel Willis
Sustainability Coordinator