Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Stephanie Foster
Submission Date Nov. 18, 2014
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STARS v2.0

George Brown College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Stephanie Foster
Green Team/Sustainability Coordinator
George Brown College
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
960 Tonnes

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
561 Tonnes

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate, including efforts made during the previous three years:

- Put in place comprehensive new recycling system and signage and monitor progress annually.
- Expanded collection of organics (food waste) to include food waste from College run cafeterias and Tim Horton’s at 200 King St. E. and Casa Loma Campus
- Monthly tracking of waste and recycling including special waste/recycling streams: scrap metal, used electronic equipment, light bulbs, wood waste and saw dust.
- Installed collection bins outside of Campus Stores for collection of used cell phones and printer toner cartridges.
- Fabric scraps from Design are collected and sent to the Toronto District School Board where teachers use them for craft and other classroom projects.
- Leftover food products from the Culinary Arts program and The Chef’s House restaurant are donated on a regular basis to Second Harvest where the food is re-distributed to community agencies in Toronto.
- Used vegetable oil from food services is collected by Wardlaw’s Poultry Farm where it is used as an additive for chicken feed.
- Bakery waste is collected as part of the organics stream does not go to compost; it is repurposed and sold as Bakery Waste Dehydrated Meal for agricultural purposes.
- Electronic waste is collected twice a year and sent for recycling
- Used furniture from office relocations or renovations is collected and sent to a company that redistributes it for re-use.


A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

The Culinary Arts Program donates left over food to Second Harvest Food Bank


A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

Pre-consumer food waste in cafeterias is collected for composting
- Bakery waste is collected as part of the organics stream does not go to compost; it is repurposed and sold as Bakery Waste Dehydrated Meal for agricultural purposes.


A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

Post-consumer food waste in The Chefs House restaurant goes into the College's organics "waste" stream. As well, all post-consumer food waste from the culinary lab kitchens is also diverted to the organics stream for composting.


Does the institution include the following materials in its waste diversion efforts?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food donations Yes
Food for animals No
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste No
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil No
Tires No

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

- Fabric scraps from the School of Design (Fashion) are collected and sent to the Toronto District School Board where teachers use them for craft and other classroom projects.
- Bakery waste is collected as part of the organics stream does not go to compost; it is repurposed and sold as Bakery Waste Dehydrated Meal for agricultural purposes.


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