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UCalgary expands campus recycling program

Plastics, tin and foil have been added to the recyclables list
September 6, 2016

The expansion of UCalgary’s waste reduction and recycling program aligns with a new City of Calgary bylaw requiring all businesses and organizations to recycle a wider range of materials. 

This fall, all paper/cardboard recycling bins on campus will be converted to accept mixed recyclables, including paper, cardboard, plastics, tin and foil.

The expansion of UCalgary’s waste reduction and recycling program aligns with a new City of Calgary bylaw requiring all businesses and organizations to recycle a broader list of materials that includes all items currently accepted in the residential Blue Cart program starting November 1, 2016.

Compostables and refundable beverage containers will continue to be collected as before.

“Expanding our recycling program to include the collection of mixed recyclables is a significant step towards achieving our campus-wide waste diversion goal of 80 per cent by 2020,” said Steven Gasser, associate vice president, facilities management. “The new program makes it easier for all members of the campus community to do their part in diverting waste from the landfill.”

Better recycling = less landfill

Nearly 90 per cent of the daily waste we produce can be recycled or composted if placed in the correct bin. Currently, about half is going to the landfill.

Sorting items properly prevents contamination, which can lead to the contents of the university's recycling and compost bins being sent to landfill. Sort before you toss and make your recycling — and the efforts of others — really count.

Check out the Sustainability recycling information poster to find out what goes in the bins. 

Did you know?

  • There are over 500 mixed recycling bins located across campus, plus 100 compost bins.
  • The Students’ Union (SU) 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.
  • Forty-three per cent of our landfill materials are comprised of organic food waste; you might be surprised by what you can compost!

UCalgary currently diverts 20 waste streams from landfill including batteries, electronics, furniture, scrap metal, hazardous materials and more. Learn what else you can recycle and how at  http://ucalgary.ca/sustainability/recycling or by dropping by the Sustainability Resource Centre, Science B 101.

The mixed recycling initiative is supported in partnership by: University of Calgary Facilities, the UCalgary EcoClub and the Students’ Union Quality Money