The University of British Columbia is aspiring to be a zero waste campus where all unwanted products and materials will be treated as resources that can be used again. Most of our garbage can be recycled, yet right now we recycle less than half.
Towards Zero Waste
To help achieve this goal, UBC is replacing garbage cans with multi-bin recycling stations.Targets to divert garbage away from landfills have been developed as part of the Zero Waste Action Plan.
Our goal is to divert 60 per cent of our operational waste from the landfill by 2016 and 80 per cent by 2020. To do it we need your help.
Time to Sort it Out
You can make a difference and create a green, zero waste campus by using recycling stations to sort your food scraps and recyclables into the proper bins (and out of the garbage).
Food Scraps Ban
Effective January 2015, Metro Vancouver has implemented a food scraps disposal ban. This ban includes UBC and aims to take food scrap waste out of landfills reducing the greenhouse gas methane. Food scraps are processed through a composting system. The resulting product can create compost (a nutrient-rich, natural supplement to support soil) or used as a fuel for bioenergy in the region.
Keep our composts clean by keeping plastic out.
There is too much plastic making its way into food scrap bins. When too much plastic is in with food scraps the composting system is unable to process the waste and it is sent to the landfill (rather than becoming compost or bioenergy).