University of Calgary

Erase the Waste final results

UToday HomeApril 20, 2012

By Elise Hetu

Cheryle Trudel, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Haskayne School of Business (left), and Sharon Rayson, SustainabilityON Coordinator for the Haskayne School of Business (right), stand beside the winning photocopier in SH338. Photo by Riley Brandt. Cheryle Trudel, executive assistant to the dean of the Haskayne School of Business (left), and Sharon Rayson, SustainabilityON coordinator for the Haskayne School of Business (right), stand beside the winning photocopier in SH338. Photo by Riley Brandt The Erase the Waste campaign wrapped up last week with a total of 78,000 sheets of paper saved in the Photocopier challenge and the university performing well in the Recyclemania tournament.

After six weeks of tracking paper consumption on 79 photocopiers across campus, the results of the Photocopier Challenge are in. Congratulations to the staff at the Haskayne School of Business Dean's Office for achieving the greatest percent reduction in paper use. This group saved 650 sheets of paper, an average weekly reduction of 55 per cent from the baseline on their photocopier located in SH338.

“Haskayne had 33 photocopiers competing in the challenge. All my colleagues really pulled together to reduce their paper consumption and one of our photocopiers ended up winning” says Sharon Rayson, SustainabilityON coordinator for the Haskayne School of Business. “I’m proud of the staff here and excited about the prize package of green office supplies we received for our success.”

The runner-up is Alexander Tinius and his colleagues with an average weekly reduction of 45 per cent on their photocopier located in Biological Sciences (BS3).

Recyclemania, a North American waste-reduction tournament, wrapped up on March 31 and the university’s final rankings are:

  • Top 22 per cent in collecting the greatest gross tonnage of recyclables.
  • Top 36 per cent in the greatest source reduction and collecting greatest amount of recyclables.
  • Top 25 per cent for producing the least amount of municipal waste (including recyclables) per person.
  • Bottom 39 per cent in collecting the largest amount of acceptable recyclables per person.
  • Bottom 15 per cent for largest amount of food service organics recycled per person.
  • Bottom 5 per cent for largest amount of bottles/cans recycled per person.

Taking waste reduction one step further were 12 people on campus who participated in the Clean Bin Project, an effort to live a completely waste-free life. Throughout March, participants lived by two rules: take responsibility for your garbage and don’t buy anything! Any waste produced that could not be recycled, reused or composted had to be collected for a weigh-in at the end of the challenge.

Congratulations to the winner, Alexander Tinius for producing zero grams of waste. Tinius jokingly donated his eco-prize of a reusable food container and mug to the participant who came in last place with her collected 176 grams of waste, saying that she needed the prize more than he did. To learn more about their struggles and successes, read their blog.

For more stories on how students, staff and faculty are stepping up together to turn SustainabilityON or to learn how you can become involved, visit: www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability.