Single-Stream Recycling = One Bin, No Sorting!

The University of Saskatchewan has an effective and easy-to-use Single-Stream Recycling program. This means that all clean recyclables can be placed in any blue bin around campus and they will be effectively removed from the waste stream. Nearly everything can be recycled, so take the time to get to know and embrace the Single-Stream Recycling system around campus to help us reduce waste.

For more or printable information, please refer to our Single-Stream Recycling Guide.

For students in residence looking to make full use of the Single-Stream Recycling program, please refer to the following guides that contain building-specific informtaion:

Recycling Specifics

The university uses a variety of different recycling containers and bins around campus to facilitate the needs of individual groups and departments. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following types of recycling receptacles around campus:

Indoor Containers and Bins

Indoor Bin 1Indoor Bin 2Indoor Bin 3

*For any indoor office bins with a small black bin attachment, the larger blue bin is used for Single-Stream Recycling while the smaller black bin is used for landfill waste. Please separate your waste appropriately.

Outdoor Containers and Bins

Outdoor Bin 1Outdoor Bin 2

Beverage containers, while part of the Single-Stream Recycling program, are collected in separate bins across campus. The return of these containers allows us to generate revenue to employ students in the Single-Stream Recycling program. Whenever possible, please make the effort to put your beverage containers in the appropriate bins.

The following items must be collected within another bag, which must be tied up before entering the Single-Stream Recycling system:

  • Plastic bags
  • Food wrap
  • Plastic caps (e.g. those found on beverage containers)
  • Plastic lab film
  • Shredded Paper

The following items will be accepted into the Single-Stream Recycling program provided that they are clean and uncontaminated:

  • Lab plastics
  • Custodial cleaning products (please rinse)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic film (place in a bag as seen above)

While the university's Single-Stream Recycling program is very easy to use, there are some limits to the kinds of items that can be recycled.

The following items cannot enter the Single-Stream Recycling system:

  • Food contaminated paper or cardboard (e.g. pizza boxes)
  • Contaminated plastic food or product wrap
  • Tissues, napkins, and paper towels
    • Special Note: It may be possible to compost these items. While the university does not offer a campus composting program, individual clubs or units may offer composting services. Check with those around you to see if there is a local option for composting these items rather than adding them to the waste stream.
  • Confetti paper
  • Styrofoam and other foam packing materials
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass, water glasses, or mirrors
  • Batteries
    • Certain recycling stations around campus offer electronics and battery recycling. Identify one closest to you and use it for this purpose.
  • Garbage, organize, hazardous, or unregulated waste

Why Recycle?

There are many reasons to join the recycling efforts on campus:

Local Benefits

  • Net revenue from this program will be directed towards sustainability initiatives on campus. These endeavors could include: expansion of our program to encompass other materials, grants for research projects, hosting symposiums, scholarships and bursaries, and many other initiatives.
  • We employ U of S students.
  • Recycling takes a strain off of our waste disposal system and keeps our campus beautiful.

Global Benefits

  • Consumer goods like beverage containers are made from non-renewable resources. Due to waste, these resources are being rapidly depleted.
  • Non-renewable energy sources are major inputs to the manufacturing and distribution of bottles, cans, and containers. Excessive energy consumption contributes to global climate change.
  • Recyclable materials in the waste stream take up valuable landfill space and are not biodegradable.
  • 10% of the world's aluminum supply is consumed by beverage containers. Recycling will help conserve this resource.
  • It is 20 times more energy efficient to recycle an aluminum container, than to manufacture it from scratch.
  • Conserving landfills preserves land space for other uses such as farmland or natural habitats.
  • Plastic recycling will reduce global dependence on oil.

To learn more about the waste production and reduction, please check out these links: www.garbagerevolution.com and www.storyofstuff.com

Are you planning a special event and need recycling services for it?  Do you need help planning the event to ensure it does not generate a lot of waste?  

The Sustainable Conference Guide has practical tips for hosting a meeting or conference. Here is some great advice on greening events from the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.

For all other requests, feel free to contact the sustainability liaison for assistance.

Learn More

Minimize waste by following the waste hierarchy: first rethink, then reuse, recycle, recover and finally send waste to the landfill. Download a waste hierarchy poster here.

A poster showing the hierarchy of waste minimization: rethink, reuse, recycle, recover, and landfill

Batteries, Cell Phones and Small Electronics on Campus

Batteries (alkaline, lithium ion, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride), cell phones and other small consumer electronics can be placed in bins in several locations across campus. If you do not have an electronics recycling bin close to your location, leave these recyclables with your custodian to be picked up by our recycling co-ordinator. Note that safe disposal of lead-acid batteries used for research or other university operations are handled by Safety Resources.

Toner and Ink Cartridges

Supreme Basics, the university's contracted supplier for office and IT supplies, will take back your empty toner and ink cartridges as part of their sustainability program and ensure they are properly recycled. Simply return them to the Supreme Basics driver on the next visit, or contact the dedicated customer service team, or add a note on your next online order to request a pickup. All contacts for the program provided by Supreme Basics can be found on the Purchasing Services website.

Other Items or Materials

For information on the best places to donate or recycle various materials or items, the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council has a searchable database.

Household Hazardous Waste

Some things need special handling for safe recycling or disposal. For example, compact fluorescent bulbs have small quantities of mercury in them. The City of Saskatoon recycles or disposes safely of a variety of items or materials at their monthly Household Hazardous Waste Days.

Waste Free Events

Are you planning a special event and need recycling services for it?  Do you need help planning the event to ensure it does not generate a lot of waste?  

The Sustainable Conference Guide has practical tips for hosting a meeting or conference. Here is some great advice on greening events from the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.

For all other requests, feel free to contact the sustainability liaison for assistance.