Sort it Out

We need your help to Sort it Out right. Keep plastics out of the food scraps bins.

Small actions can create meaningful change, especially when it comes to waste. UBC has Sort It Out recycling stations conveniently located in buildings and locations around campus.  With four streams – food scraps, containers, paper and garbage – you can do your part to Sort it Out right!

UBC's Zero Waste Action Plan, released in 2014, includes a target of diverting 80 per cent of our waste from the landfill by 2020. Help us to reach this target and learn what goes in each bin.

Keep plastics out of the food scraps!

At UBC, we have a ‘closed-loop’ system for the food scraps we collect: we turn food and plant waste into compost that is used for gardening on campus.

You may have spotted our campus worms, Thelma and Thomas, springing up on Sort it Out stations around campus. These compost-loving worms are concerned about the amount of contaminants such as plastic containers and bags that make their way into food scraps bins around campus. Please keep all plastics out of the food scraps, or the entire bin will be contaminated and end up in the landfill. With your help, the five tonnes of organic waste UBC produces daily can stay free of plastics. Learn more about this campaign.

Top Contaminants in Food Scraps

The items below don’t belong in the green bin. Please make sure to sort these into the right bins – check the Sorting Guide to learn more.

Did You Know?

In 2004, we became the first Canadian university to invest in an in-vessel composter — a giant, fully enclosed eco-transmuter capable of processing five tonnes of organic waste a day. Located at the south end of the Vancouver campus, all of the compost produced there goes back into the soil and gets used for landscaping on campus.

Our Okanagan campus also boasts a composting system, with yellow compost bins on the main floor foyers of each building and smaller bins in the collegia and lunchroom spaces across campus. Organic material is collected three times a week and added to the campus composter — a 1,800-kilogram-capacity enclosed Earth Tub that can compost up to 45 kilograms per day.