Below are links to frequently asked questions about Capilano University's campus zero waste stations, resource management, energy management and transportation topics. If you need clarification or have a question, please contact us at

Campus Zero Waste Stations FAQs

The zero waste stations are a collaboration between the Facilities Department and BEST Janitorial Services. Facilities is responsible for set up, while BEST empties bins and makes sure they are clean.

Yes! Every building has a zero waste station, which includes an organics bin.

Only food scraps can go into the organics bins. Acceptable items include:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Bread
  • Cereals

Please keep these items out of the organics bins:

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Foil
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Cardboard

Smithrite takes organics off campus to be turned into soil at Westcoast Instant Lawns turf farm in Delta, BC.

You can put these items into the mixed paper bins:

  • Regular printer/copy paper (white and multi coloured)
  • Envelopes (including window)
  • File folders (including hanging file folders - no need to separate out the attached metal hangers)
  • Books

Please keep these items out of the mixed paper bins:

  • Candy wrappers
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paper towels and tissues
  • Paper cups
  • Paper food containers

Note: All confidential paper collected and processed in the designated bins on campus is shredded and recycled by Shred-it, our service provider.

At the North Vancouver campus, we accept clean hard and soft plastics. Plastics and refundable containers can be placed in the containers bin at any zero waste station located throughout the campus.

The containers bins are like your blue recycling bin at home. You can put these items into the containers bins:

  • Hard plastics
  • Soft plastics
  • Aluminum cans and metal containers
  • Pop cans
  • Bottles
  • Tin foil

Please keep these items out of the containers bins:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paper cups
  • Paper food containers
  • Food waste
  • Styrofoam

Bins are emptied based on demand. This can be daily or every other day, depending on location. BEST Janitorial is responsible for monitoring and assisting.

If a zero waste station bin is full, please email the Facilities Department at or dial 604 984 4963.

Please contact us at if you have any other questions.

Campus Resource Management FAQs

Yes, used books can be dropped off at the University Bookstore (Birch Building, room BR122). They can also be placed in any mixed paper collection bin at the zero waste stations located throughout the campus.

Drop off clean empty and flattened cardboard boxes to:

  • The Shipping & Receiving loading dock (between the Arbutus and Birch Buildings)
  • The Facilities Building yard
  • Behind the Studio Arts Building
  • The Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation yard

Waxed cardboard is not suitable for recycling.

Yes! Take your old microfiche, transparencies, floppy disks and videotapes to the Shipping & Receiving Department in the Arbutus Building (ground floor). Employees may also arrange to have these items collected from their department via the daily mail delivery/pick-up. Contact Shipping & Receiving to arrange for pick up.

Yes! Employees may drop off or forward (via interoffice mail) used desktop printer or multi-function device ink toners and cartridges to Shipping & Receiving. The Shipping & Receiving Department is located on the ground floor of the Arbutus Building. All toners must be placed in a plastic bag prior to being put into an interoffice envelope. If a plastic bag is needed email and request one.

Yes! Drop off your used batteries into the designated battery recycling bins located at:

  • The Shipping & Receiving Department (Arbutus Building, room AR021)
  • The Capilano Student Union (Maple Building, room MA116)
  • The Bookstore (Birch Building, room BR122)
  • The Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation (BC005)

Employees may also send batteries via the daily mail delivery/pick-up. For safety, please remember to put clear sticky tape on each battery prior to sending through inter-office mail. If there is any corrosion or leakage, batteries must be placed in a plastic bag.

We recycle old Alkaline and Alkaline rechargeable batteries: A, AA, AAA, C, D, 6-Volt, 9-Volt Lithium, NiCad, Lithium-Ion, laptop batteries, cell phone batteries and UPS batteries. If there is any corrosion or leakage, batteries must be placed in a plastic bag.

Check out the Metro Vancouver Recycles website to find the location nearest you.

Please contact us if you have any other questions.

Campus Energy Management FAQs

Capilano University is improving energy management through:

  • Equipment optimization
  • Lighting
  • Waste management
  • Paper consumption reduction
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Recycling and composting
  • Engagement programs like CapU Works

CapU's newest building, the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, has been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard. This means that the facility is rated as highly energy efficient.

If you are too hot or too cold in your work area, please email the Facilities Department at

Combining both electricity and natural gas, CapU has saved 43,215,000 equivalent kilowatt hours since 2007. We've saved enough energy to power all of the 15,000 of our light-emitting diode (LED) florescent tubes on campus for the next three decades, 24/7, but we never forget to turn the lights off.

Between 6 and 7 million kilowatt hours every year. Much of this power is used to run our computers, monitors and the systems that bring fresh air into the buildings.

25,000 giga joules (GJs) of natural gas, down from our 2007 use of approximately 50,000 GJs.

Leave the room and ventilate the area for 5-10 minutes before starting to clean up, then open windows and doors.

After ventilation:

  1. Scoop broken glass and powder onto a piece of stiff paper or cardboard. Do not vacuum at this time as it may spread mercury vapour or mercury-containing powder.
  2. Use sticky tape to pick up smaller particles and wipe the area with a damp, disposable cloth or towel.
  3. Place all collected materials (broken glass, tape and cloth) in a sealed container, such as a glass jar with a tight fitting lid or two sealed plastic bags.
  4. Place materials outside until you can take them to a recycling centre.

After vacuuming the next few times, remove the vacuum bag or empty it and wipe the canister with a damp, disposable cloth.

For a list of nearby retail recycling centres, visit

For more details on CFLs, check out the BC Poison Control Centre FAQs at

Visit the FortisBC website for how-to videos to save energy in your home.

Please contact us if you have any other questions.

Campus Transportation FAQs

Capilano University encourages public transportation through the U-Pass program. U-Pass BC gives CapU students access to bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain services within Metro Vancouver, as well as West Coast Express discounts. All eligible students pay for their U-Pass BC as part of their student fees. The pass can be loaded onto a Compass Card. Click here for more U-Pass information.

We also encourage carpooling, cycling and have electric vehicle charging stations on campus.

Yes! Here are the locations of our charging stations:

  • On the west side of the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation (Parking Lot 3)
  • South of the Birch Building (west side of Parking Lot 1)
  • In the short term parking area near the Sportsplex (north-east corner of Parking Lot 7)

Please contact us if you have any other questions.

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