UBC has implemented many waste initiatives, from greening our supply chain to reducing paper consumption.
UBC, in collaboration with the University Neighbourhoods Association, has developed and released the comprehensive Zero Waste Action Plan. The plan outlines UBC’s targets to reach new milestones in waste reduction and management, and the actions required to meet those targets.
Reducing waste is the most important step in waste management. At UBC, we have many initiatives to green our supply chain, reduce paper consumption and promote reusable containers. These programs minimize the volume of materials arriving on campus, and encourage the UBC community to adopt waste reduction behaviours.
UBC has a closed-loop composting system, which turns food and plant waste into compost used for landscaping right here on campus. UBC’s in-vessel composter can process five tonnes of organic waste daily, and produces compost within two weeks.
As part of the Vancouver Campus Plan, UBC has made it mandatory for 75 per cent of construction waste from institutional buildings to be diverted from the landfill. All new institutional buildings on campus must achieve a minimum LEED Gold or equivalent rating, which includes potential credits for material reuse and waste diversion.