University of Calgary

Waste Management

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In the News

> Sept 25, 2013 RECYCLING THE OLD NICKLE ARTS MUSEUMExisting steel framing inadequate, new primary steel components cost-effective

> Apr. 25, 2012 CHEERS TO A CLEANER CAMPUS: Dozens pitch in to help clean up campus on Earth Day.

> Apr. 20, 2012 ERASE THE WASTE FINAL RESULTS: Initiatives ranged from reducing paper to producing zero grams of waste.

> Apr. 16, 2012 E-WASTE REUSE AND RECYCLING: The university handles all electronic waste in a local and responsible way.

> Mar. 20, 2012 RECYCLE ON!: Erase the Waste 200 gram Challenge update

> Jan 19, 2012 BUY RESPONSIBLY AND REDUCE WASTE: Help the university become a zero waste campus.

> Dec. 8, 2011 ECO-CONTAINER EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Use new re-usable containers and get every 10th meal free.

> Mar. 3, 2011 WEEKLY CAMPUS GARAGE-LIKE-SALES: Weekly deals on everything from desks, chairs and white-boards to computers, projectors and cameras.

> May 26, 2009 CUTTING DOWN ON PHONE BOOKS: As part of the university's sustainability initiative, the university will be reducing the number of phone books on campus by ~90%

> Mar. 17, 2009 U of C STUDENTS MUG CAMPUS MEMBERS TO REDUCE DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUP WASTE [ WATCH VIDEO] 

> June 2008 U of C RECEIVES CAUBO QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY AWARD [See pg. 9]: Western Regional winner for Sustainable Asset Disposal Program.

> July 19, 2007 TRASH BASH: Volunteers sort through trash to see how much waste U of C could be diverting from landfill and to inform future waste reduction initiatives.

The University of Calgary is a net zero waste campus.

Indicator:
Annual volume of waste generated in metric tonnes (nic construction waste and hazardous waste)
2005 Baseline:
(FY 2005/2006)          3,092 metric tonnes
Targets:
2012          -TBD%
2015          -TBD%
2020          -TBD%

Indicator:
Percent of waste diverted from landfill (nic construction waste and hazardous waste)
Baseline:
2005          35%    
Targets:
2012          -TBD%
2015          -TBD%
2020          -80%

Indicator:
Percent of construction and demolition waste diverted from landfill (all projects)
Baseline:
2005           less than 5 %
Targets:
2012          -75%
2015          -80%
2020          -80%  

Composting

  • Leaf and lawn waste is composted on campus; compost is returned to grounds
  • Pre-consumer food waste is collected from 95% of food outlets on campus; waste is composted off-campus
  • Post-consumer food waste is collected via 25+ organics bins located near food courts on campus;  compost is processed on-campus in an in-vessel composter (Earth Tub).

Recycling

  • ~20 streams of waste are diverted from the landfill

Waste Reduction

  • Phone books by request only
  • Weekly on-campus surplus materials sales
  • Used text book sales and donation of text books to communities in need
  • Various paper free on-line processes

Engagement

  • SustainabilityON Coordinators Program
  • Annual paper use reduction competition
  • Annual waste reduction competition

Planning

  • Co-mingled recycling coming in 2011
  • Recycling and waste infrastructure standard confirms required bin types for all areas of campus
  • New multi-bin indoor and outdoor infrastructure will be in place in 2011
  • Long range Waste and Recycling Management Plan under development