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Calgary City Council has approved changes to the Waste and Recycling Bylaw requiring all businesses and organizations to recycle a specific list of materials starting November 1, 2016. The list includes all items currently accepted in the Blue Cart program plus materials specific to the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector such as scrap metal, clear plastic film (polyethylene) and wood. 

Meeting The City’s bylaw requirements aligns with UCalgary’s commitment to sustainability and supports action on our Institutional Sustainability Strategy (ISS). The implementation plan for the ISS Administration and Operations framework includes a goal to divert 80 per cent of annual daily waste from landfill by 2020.

Refundable Beverage Containers

Refundable Beverage Containers

What CAN go in: Aluminum cans, plastic and glass drink containers, juice and milk cartons, tetrapaks, bi-metal beverage containers and drink pouches. View full list. *Please empty your containers before recycling

Services
Campus Wide: The Students' Union (SU) oversees the university's beverage container recycling program. The collection of refundable beverage containers on campus draws about $40,000 in revenue annually and is used to employ nine part-time special needs staff and nine case workers from the Developmental Disabilities Resources Centre of Calgary, as well as supporting other SU sustainability initiatives.

Residences: Recycling rooms exist in all single bed residences and all recycling is collected by Calgary Commercial Recycling.

Family Residences: Beverage container recycling is available in the laundry rooms. 

Olympic Oval: Beverage containers are collected by University Olympic Oval Operations staff who sort, bag and transport the refundable containers to a bottle depot. Refunds are set aside and used internally.

Hotel Alma: Guests are provided with beverage container recycling in every room. Containers are collected  daily by housekeeping staff and placed in a central area for Vecova to collect for processing.

Mixed Recyclables: Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Tin and Glass

Mixed Recyclables

What CAN go in: Plastic containers with recycling symbol #1-7, glass jars and bottles (eg. food jars), plastic bags and clear plastic film (plastic that stretches, like cling film, can be recycled; plastic wrappers that don’t stretch are likely cellophane and need to go in the trash), tin cans and foil, mixed paper and cardboard (eg. flyers, office paper, stapled documents), envelopes (plastic window okay), newspaper, catalogues and magazines, coffee cups (wax lining is okay; plastic lids and cardboard sleeves included). Please put soiled paper towels, napkins, facial tissue, paper plates, and pizza/food boxes in the compostables bin; please put beverage containers in the refundable beverage containers bin. Mixed Recycling Poster

All confidential documents shredded by Shred-it are sent to a recycling facility as well. Larger pieces of cardboard can be placed in the large green Waste Management (WM) bins outside buildings and on loading docks.

To request a desk-side recycling bin click here.

 

Compostables

Compostables

What CAN go in: Compostable serving ware; plants and flowers, food waste including: meat, fruits and vegetables, dairy, egg shells, grains, nuts and flour; bones, fat trimmings, oil and grease; used paper towels and napkins, wet/soiled cardboard and paper products (like pizza boxes); wooden chopsticks; coffee grinds and tea bags. 

What CAN’T go in: Plastic, Styrofoam, condiment packages

Services
Post Consumer Organics:
 Look for organics collection bins near all food courts and dining areas. These organics are composted at a Class I compost facility outside of Calgary. To request a small organics bin for an office kitchen click here.

Pre Consumer Organics: To date 20 vendors across campus are part of the pre-consumer organics program. Further vendor education and program implementation is underway so that all 36 vendors are on board.

Vermicomposting at Hotel Alma: Office staff in Hotel Alma have set up three vermicomposting bins located in the office area and use this process to compost their organics/food scraps.

Did you know? Organics collection is currently overseen by the university's Operations and Maintenance department but was started out as a student-led project called Eat Dirt in September 2008. Initially funded by the Students’ Union Sustainability Board, Eat Dirt piloted organics collection at three pre-consumer food vendors and a post consumer collection bin in ICT. To learn more about Eat Dirt visit www.ucalgary.ca/eatdirt

Cell Phones & Batteries

Cell Phones & Batteries

What CAN go in:  Cell phones, non-rechargeable batteries and rechargeable batteries including nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion and small sealed lead (less than 2.2 pounds)

What CAN’T go in: *electronics other than cell phones

Services

 Bin Locations

 Main Campus
 Chem Store
 Eng Store
 Bio Store
 Physical Plant (reception)
 PFA 2182
General Services Building
Hotel Alma (front office)
South Campus
HSC B808 Shipping & Receiving
Heritage Medical Research building (outside security post)

Full boxes are shipped to the non-profit organization Call 2 Recycle, where the rechargeable batteries are made into new batteries and stainless steel products, while cell-phones are either refurbished and resold or recycled. For more information visit www.rbrc.org

Call2Recycle is a non-profit organization and the only free rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Reycle has diverted 70 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 public recycling drop-off locations.

CDs

Compact Discs

Supply Chain Management’s Materials Disposal Services started accepting staff and faculty compact disks for recycling in 2008. These discs are sent to Technotrash for processing.

Compact disks can be included when other declared assets are sent for disposal or simply mailed in an envelope to:
     Materials Disposal Services
     C/O Distribution Services 
     Physical Plant Building

E-Waste

E-waste

What can be recycled: computers, monitors, laptops, televisions, mice, keyboards, cables, printers, telephones and more. If you have any old E-Waste in your office complete the following steps to have it picked up:

    > Login to the My U of C portal at www.my.ucalgary.ca
    > Click on Enterprise Systems > Supply Chain Management > Supply Chain Management Service Request Forms
    > Complete the Equipment/Furniture Disposal Service Request Form

If non data-containing items are in good condition, they are sold at the university’s weekly surplus sales. E-waste in poor condition is certifiably and safely recycled through Global Electric Electronic Processing. For more information on this process please contact Bryan Mayo bcmayo@ucalgary.ca. Note: Any University of Calgary electronic devices with data storage capabilities must be recycled and the hard drive destroyed. 

In 2008 the university won a Quality and Productivity award from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) for its sustainable asset disposal program which includes electronics and furniture reuse and recycling. 

MacEwan Hall and the MacEwan Student Centre: The SU recycles through the Electronic Recycling Association as needed.

Furniture

Furniture

UCalgary recycles desks, tables, chairs and other furniture by selling them at weekly Surplus Sales or by dismantling and recycling components. If you have any old furniture in your office complete the following steps to have it picked up:

    > Login to the My U of C portal at www.my.ucalgary.ca
    > Click on Enterprise Systems > Supply Chain Management > Supply Chain Management Service Request Forms
    > Complete the Equipment/Furniture Disposal Service Request Form

In 2008 UCalgary won a Quality and Productivity award from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) for its sustainable asset disposal program which includes electronics and furniture reuse and recycling.

Construction & Demolition

Construction & Demolition

Materials diverted on all construction projects include: wood, drywall, cardboard, paper, metal, plastic, and asphalt shingles.

During major construction (over $1,000,000) project materials are separated into different bins on site that are transported to processors. This process diverts more than 90% of waste materials from landfill disposal.

Operations and Maintenance has partnered with the Project Management Office for material diversion from minor (under $100,000) and mid-sized ($100,000 to $1,000,000) projects. Waste Management provides co-mingled bins for contractors to use, at a transfer station located by the General Services Building. A large Navajo Metals bin is also located at the transfer station for various metals to be recycled.

Cooking Oil

Cooking Oil

Five Alberta Processing Co. oil bins are located on campus by loading docks for food service providers to recycle their oil waste.

Engine Oil & Anti-Freeze

Engine Oil & Anti-Freeze

Grounds and Motor Pool Maintenance shops change oil for most university vehicles/equipment. Occasionally outside vendors change oil for select vehicles/equipment off campus. All outside vendors support used oil/fluid recycling. Used oil is stored in 1,100 liter tanks at maintenance shops and collected by a local recycler as needed.

Oil filters and plastic chemical containers are all collected by a used fluid/container recycler.

Used engine anti-freeze is collected and stored in 200 liter drums until they are full and ready for collection.

General Recycling
The City of Calgary has a recycling depot. You can recycle milk jugs and cartons, glass food jars, metal food cans, plastic bags, paper, magazines, and cardboard located on the Northwest end of campus on Varley Drive.

Fluorescent Lightbulbs

Fluorescent Lightbulbs

Three programs are offered for fluorescent tube diversion:

1) Demand replacement includes on site storage in poly drums at the Health Science Centre, Science Theatre, MacEwan Hall, Engineering C, Education Classrooms, General Services, Spyhill Campus, and Kinesiology Buildings. Operations and Maintenance staff collect tubes by request and store them until they are sent to Aevitas Inc. for processing and recycling.

2) Mid-sized and minor projects replacement is administered by the Project Management Office. The Project Manager directs the contractor to collect spent tubes and engages Proeco to process and recycle the tubes upon completion of the retrofit.

3) Lighting retrofit tube diversion is administered by the Project Management Office. This program is managed by the contractor performing the retrofit with no on site storage provided. Tubes go to Proeco for processing.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste

Flammable liquids, halogenated solvents and oil are recycled.

Leaf & Lawn Waste

Leaf & Lawn Waste

Tree trimmings are chipped by the Grounds Department and used for University landscaping. A leaf composting site is located on the West Campus Grounds where leaves are piled up and await future use on campus grounds.

Pallets

Pallets

In March 2009, the University started to recycle pallets left behind from supply deliveries. The pallets are chipped by MJS Recycling and used for cattle bedding before being composted. The university recycles more than 300 pallets per month.

In April 2012, the university entered into a resource management contract with Waste Management where existing paper, cardboard, pallets, organics and waste collection are all managed through the one provider.

Scrap Metal

Scrap Metal

Supply Chain Management breaks down old furnishings and recycles scrap metal. Operations and Maintenance diverts valves, pipes and other metal scraps from their operations. A large metal bin located at the transfer station is collected by Navajo Metals on an as-needed basis.

Tires

Tires

Grounds and Motor Pool maintenance shops change tires for vehicles on campus. University staff drop-off used tires to a local dealer for recycling. Large vehicles have tires changed off campus by vendors that also support tire recycling.

Toner Cartridges

Toner Cartridges

Supply Chain Management’s Distribution Services collects used toner cartridges when they are replaced with new ones. The cartridges are sent to eCycle Solutions for processing.
The SU and Hotel Alma recycle toner cartridges through Alberta Toner Cartridge Recyclers and Xerox Direct respectively.

Vehicle Batteries

Vehicle Batteries

Grounds and Motor Pool maintenance shops replace vehicle batteries as required. The used batteries are on site until economical to transport, University staff drop them off at Interstate Batteries.