Carleton is pleased to announce changes to its recycling and waste collection to align with the goals outlined in the university’s Sustainability Plan. Carleton has set targets towards zero waste across our campus, including a reduction in waste contamination and to further develop an organic waste collection. Carleton has seen recent progress towards waste programs including zero waste certified food courts and additional 4-stream waste bins being deployed.

Under the new contract, Carleton is partnering with Waste Reductions Group (WRG) to collect all our recycling and organic waste. WRG has a strong track record in working with Ontario universities and have been recognized for their contributions in the Recycling Council of Ontario waste minimization awards and Green Ribbon awards. Carleton’s waste to landfill will be collected separately by Tomlinson, which will ensure all waste collected is diverted and processed according to the stream. Carleton welcomes the opportunity to work with our new partners as we strive for sustainability.

Other waste specific sustainability actions that have been taken include:
• Installation of 4-stream recycling stations across the campus, which helps decrease contamination levels from waste disposal and increases collection of organics and proper recycling.
• Reduction of office garbage collection to encourage all faculty and staff to use the 4-stream sorters available in central locations on all floors.
• Outside bins for cardboard collection are now equipped with a side slot to encourage people to flatten the boxes and reduce contamination.
• Custodial use of BLUE totes for metal and plastic (i.e. cans, plastic bottles, and lids) and GREY totes for paper fibre only (i.e mixed office paper, clean packaging paper).
• All other large recyclable debris (i.e. wood pallets, metal straps) from deliveries or disposal being placed outside and beside landfill bins will be collected by the Facilities Management and Planning grounds team to be reused or recycled properly.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 in
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