Waste Management

Waste minimization is a priority for the university. By focusing on the waste hiearchy, particularly reuse and recycling, we can produce less waste and divert as much as possible from the landfill. 

A comprehensive, single-stream recycling system was introduced in 2012. Waste audits conducted in 2013 show that more materials in the waste stream are being diverted through recycling than in the past. Compostable organic matter* now represents 52% of the material going to landfill, up from 44% in 2008. Avoiding sending valuable organic matter to the landfill will be the next waste minimization challenge for the university.

* This does not include waste from university grounds management. Currently most grounds waste is composted.

Taking waste diversion seriously at the President's Picnic
Office of Sustainability volunteers helping sort waste at the President's Picnic More Office of Sustainability volunteers helping sort waste at the President's Picnic Office of Sustainability volunteers showing off waste diversion solutions at the President's Picnic