The Zero Waste Stations include
bins for organics, containers (functions the same as your household blue bin - including tin foil and hard plastics), refundables (beverage containers), mixed paper and landfill. Stations are available on
most floors of every building, in centralized locations.
All food scraps, paper towel, Chartwells coffee cups (they’re biodegradable!) all Chartwells take out containers/ paper plates and cutlery (made of corn!), tea bags, coffee grounds, etc.
We have worked with the North Shore Recycling Program to create bright, interactive posters that display accepted items. The bins on campus are the same as your bins at home. We have also changed the signage from text to icons, which has proven more successful for quickly identifying what item goes where. We have customized the icons to include CapU cafeteria-specific items as well. Please check out the latest signage (see below), now around campus! To make it consistent, we are following Multi Material
BC’s guidelines for recycling, and more information can be found at http://recyclinginbc.ca/. Most Lower
Mainland municipalities are following similar guidelines, so the hope is that
transition between home and campus practices are easy and straight forward.
Shipping & Receiving area collects an abundance of other items, including
batteries, cell phones, ink toners and cartridges, and soft plastics. Their
collection area is located on the ground floor of the Arbutus building.
of these zero waste centres was an indirect result of our 2013 Waste Audit, a
campus-wide assessment of one day’s trash that underscored the need for more
recycling of organics as well as other materials, and a result of suggestions
from our BADM 218 and REC 245 class projects on Zero Waste.
This system is increasingly important as Metro Vancouver imposed an organics
disposal ban at the start of 2015. The ban includes a fine for
violating the new rules (which started July 1, 2015), so the new stations will assist us in compliance.
Not only is the new system better
for the environment, but sorting your waste also helps the university save
money! Did you know organics are far less expensive to have picked up and taken
off campus compared to landfill-bound waste? And once biodegraded, the compost
can be reused instead of sitting in landfills.
The bins are emptied based on demand. This can be daily or every other day,
depending on the location. BEST Janitorial
is responsible for monitoring and assisting
There is growing concern over space required for landfills, over
consumption, air pollution associated with incinerators and the increasing
amount of wasted food and plastic pollution in our marine environments. What
are the social, environmental and economic costs of our throw-away society?
Universities produce a tremendous amount of waste due to
their large physical footprint, their complex infrastructure, food services, vehicle
fleets, energy use and the number of people they serve. A waste audit is an
opportunity to guide the improvement of waste management practices.
The campus waste audits have
become a key part of the curriculum, and a way to engage students from a
variety of faculties across campus in hands-on learning. Through this ongoing
research project, we aim to improve our waste management strategies at Cap and
raise awareness about personal habits.
Stay tuned for the next audit, coming October 20, 2015!
previous waste audit showed us that the main components of our waste are
organics (40%), plastics (17%) paper (9%), and 25.5 kgs of coffee cups. With
the introduction of the Zero Waste Stations, the goal is to help make sorting
waste easier, and we hope to see the improved accuracy of items in these bins.
When we first started doing waste audits, what we sent to
the landfill consisted of 69% organics. After last year’s audit, we reduced
that down to 40%. Our goal is to further
reduce the amount of organics, from 40% to 25%, as we strive to meet the new
legislation banning all organics from the landfill.
The Zero Waste Stations are a collaboration between Facilities and BEST Janitorial Services. Facilities is responsible for the set up and signage, while BEST empties the bins and makes sure they are clean. Everyone on campus plays an important role in the success of this program!
waste services provider is Smithrite Ltd, and ABD takes our refundables.
takes our organics off campus to be turned into soil at Westcoast Instant Lawns
Turf Farm in Richmond.
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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.