In addition to UBC’s comprehensive recycling and waste programs, we’ve created several resources to help you recycle and adopt sustainable practices across campus.

Sort it Out Resources

Check out our list of Sort it Out resources and A-Z Recyclepedia for tips on how to recycle and compost on campus. 


Ditch disposables and opt for reusable containers, mugs, and bags. 

  • Bring your own mug or container to any UBC Food Services and AMS Food and Beverage outlets to get a 15 to 25 cent discount.
  • Eco - To Go is a container exchange program run by UBC Food Services. For a $5 refundable membership fee, participants get a reusable food container. Once used, the container can be exchanged for a clean one at any Food Services location

  • To reduce the use of take-out containers and plastic cutlery, Food Services distributes a reusable container to each resident at Totem and Place Vanier Residences. Students can take advantage of a 15 cent discount at UBC Food Services and AMS Food and Beverage outlets for using reusable containers. 

Reusable water bottles can be filled with free, filtered tap water at AMS Waterfillz stations located in the UBC Student Union Building.

Reduce paper use in your workplace, classroom or at home and purchase recycled content paper


Reuse-it! UBC facilitates the reuse of goods between departments on campus, to reduce the number of reusable items that enter the waste stream. This online service supports department-to-department transfers of furniture, office supplies and electronic equipment. Thousands of items have been reused through this program, instead of going to landfill, in addition to saving UBC money.


Recycling and Composting for Events

When organizing an event at UBC, the basic level of of waste reduction is to arrange for recycling and food scraps bins and signage appropriate to the type and size your event. You can also go further and make yours a Zero Waste event!

Setting Up Additional Recycling or Composting Bins in Buildings

For existing core academic buildings, stations are generally provided by UBC Building Operations. Most other buildings are responsible for their own recycling stations. UBC Building Operations is continuing to install stations throughout core academic buildings in 2015. If you would like to request stations for your area, please contact your Facilities Manager.

UBC is transitioning from the voluntary composting pail program to a campus-wide program that uses the Sort It Out recycling stations, in strategic locations. For buildings or locations without food scraps bins, pails can still be obtained from UBC Building Operations.  These pails still need to be emptied on a voluntary basis. 

Sustainability Toolkits

UBC has created customized toolkits for staff members and students, to reduce waste in offices and campus residences.

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