Capilano University has taken steps to reduce the volume of waste generated on campus. CapU Sustainability’s aspirational goal: zero waste. You can play an important role by reducing, reusing, recycling or recapturing waste.

CapU zero waste stations

CapU has put centralized waste stations on each floor of every building. Please sort materials properly. If you are unsure of what bin to use, visit the Zero Waste Stations FAQs on our FAQs page or contact us at There are separate bins for:

  • Organics (food scraps only, please!)
  • Containers (hard plastics, soft plastics, metal containers, pop cans, bottles, tin foil, etc.)
  • Mixed paper (newspaper, books, envelopes, file folders, etc.)
  • Landfill (Chip bags, candy wrappers, etc.)

Reusable ideas

CapU Sustainability wants to eliminate as much waste as possible. The Greentainer program enables students and employees to use reusable green containers from the cafeteria at mealtimes. Fill the Greentainer with your favourite foods, weigh, pay and enjoy! When you're done, return the Greentainer to a marked station for cleaning by Cafeteria staff. Contact us at for more information.

Recycling at CapU

To avoid sending waste to landfill, we recycle:

  • Batteries
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Cell phones
  • Ink toners and cartridges
  • Wooden pallets
  • Metals
  • Flooring

Please see the Resource Management FAQs on our FAQs page for more recycling information.

Waste sorting at CapU

CapU Sustainability audits campus waste annually to see how much waste we're creating. This waste investigation activity is included in some of CapU's courses. Our student organizers encourage the reuse of materials and educate students and employees. Education makes waste separation at the zero waste stations easy and earth-friendly. Take a look at CapU's 2018 Waste Management Report (pdf).

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