Most of UBC Okanagan’s waste & material can be diverted from the landfill. Use this A-Z guide as a resource to discover what can be recycled, returned or composted on campus. You can help create a green campus! Use recycling stations to sort your material.
To prevent contamination and subsequent landfill disposal of recyclable and compostable materials, please keep all plastics out of the yellow compost bins and all liquids and food material out of blue and green recycling bins.
Watch a short video on How to Sort Your Waste at UBC Okanagan. *Developed by 2018/19 GEOG491D students.
Download a .pdf copy of the Sorting Guide HERE.
Individual printer users: An on-campus recycling program is under development. In the meantime, ink and toner cartridges are part of BC’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programs, this means you (the customer) have already paid an environmental fee to cover the cost of recycling this product at a retail location, therefore, the product retailer must accept the used product back for recycling purposes. Return your empty ink and toner cartridges to the place of purchase, or inquire with stores near you.
Reduce the use of single-use disposable cups on campus and avoid the recycling stream all together. Did you know that you can save $0.50 – $2 a week, or $50-100 per year, just by using your own mug to campus for coffee? Tim Hortons and Starbucks offer a $0.10 environmental discount to customers who bring their own mugs.
The accepted material collected are converted into soil amendment to be used again by Facilities Management for landscaping right here on campus. Please keep all types of plastics out of the yellow compost bins – even plastic labelled “biodegradable” is not currently compatible with the Spa Hills or campus composting facilities. For any questions or further information on what is compostable on campus visit the Sorting Guide.
A copy of the UBC Okanagan’s Construction & Renovation Waste and Diversion Tracking Sheet can be downloaded here.
To view full Sustainability requirements and reporting templates, as outlined within the Technical Guidelines, visit here.
For any questions or further information on which containers can be placed in the blue recycle bins visit the Sorting Guide.
For any questions or further information on which containers can be placed in the green refundable/returnable bins visit the Sorting Guide.
DID YOU KNOW: You can recycle your clean pizza box! Simply place clean parts of the box in the blue recycle bin and soiled greasy parts in the garbage.
E-waste such as old computers, televisions, computer parts, towers and monitors, fax machines, printers, scanners, copiers, stereo equipment and appliances can be recycled. Cell phones are also accepted in this program as well as in the battery collection boxes. Please use the ewaste bins located on campus for anything other than unencrypted hard drives. For unencrypted hard drives please submit a ticket via the UBC Self-Service Portal (Request a Service -> Request Desktop or AV Support) to have the drives disposed of securely. Items collected on campus are recycled through Planet Earth Recycling Ltd.
Contact UBC Okanagan’s Sustainability Office to be added to the future participant list.
A second recycling program for lab plastics, the Pipet Tip Box Recycling Program: From the Lab Bench To the Park Bench, was launched in March 2016. Click here for more information.
Waste oil disposal procedures can be found on pg. 57 of the Laboratory Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization Manual.
For more information on what items are recyclable on campus visit the Sorting Guide.
To find participating pharmacies near you: Health Products Stewardship Association.
For more information about provincial stewardship regulations: BC Product Stewardship – Pharmaceuticals.
Click here for more information and to request a collection box for your lab.
Several retail outlets, including London Drugs, Safeway, Save-On-Foods and Wal-Mart, offer a collection system for recycling plastic shopping bags. To find participating retailers near you visit: www.myplasticbags.ca.
If you have scrap metal or uncommon items that can be recycled, submit a work request to Facilities Management to arrange a pick-up time. All scrap metal and other uncommon recyclables are collected by Facilities Management to be diverted from landfills and stored at the Quonset facility on campus. Collected scrap metal is acquired by local recycling facilities where it is sorted and sent out for further processing.
Scrap metal can be recycled repeatedly, in fact, the Canadian Steel Producers Association claims that “steel is the most widely used metal and most recycled material on Earth”. Recycling scrap metal and other items on campus is easy, economical, beneficial for the environment, and helps to reduce UBC Okanagan’s environmental footprint.
Off campus: Residential Styrofoam recycling is available at all Return-It Depots and municipal landfills in the Okanagan. Additional recycling locations include London Drugs. Styrofoam items accepted include: cushion packaging to protect electronics, washed meat and poultry trays, food free take out containers and egg cartons. View RDCO recycling brochure here.
- UBC Okanagan’s Bookstore provides a textbook collection/donation box just outside their Admin. building location. The textbooks collected are send to Better World Books for resale or donation.
- The Bookstore also runs a textbook buyback program (scroll down page for information).
- At the Vancouver campus’ location, they work with Books for Africa, a non-profit organization that ships textbooks to Africa. You can donate unwanted books to this program and the bookstore will ensure that they continue to be of use to students in developing nations.
- The GreenText and More Bookstore offers book consignment service to students. Visit the GreentText website for more information.
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