Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.91
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2019

STARS v2.2

Humber College
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.34 / 8.00 Lindsay Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 874.11 Metric tons 498.30 Metric tons
Materials composted 640.04 Metric tons 344.50 Metric tons
Materials donated or re-sold 25.99 Metric tons 0 Metric tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 16.90 Metric tons 0 Metric tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 776.44 Metric tons 1,186.40 Metric tons
Total waste generated 2,333.48 Metric tons 2,029.20 Metric tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

The 16.9 tonnes of materials disposed of through post-recycling residual conversion create electricity available back to the grid as well as being a specified sole electrical provider for another paper recycling operation. As a result there is a dual benefit from the nonrecoverable material as it reduces GHG’s and the size of landfill that otherwise would occur.
The facility employed is Government regulated and produces over 9 megawatts of electricity from the thermal treatment of waste / nonrecoverable materials. Since 2008, the facility has been the only source of steam, a key energy component for manufacturing paper for a nearby paper mill that recycles up to 150,000 tonnes of used paper annually.

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018
Baseline Period Jan. 1, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,706 1,445
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 31,753 27,294
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,069 2,365
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 204 152
Weighted campus users 26,390 22,491.50

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 2,333.48 Metric tons 0.09 Metric tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires No
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

We have collection boxes at both campuses for pens (partner with Terracycle) and batteries. We also make sure carpet is recycled during renovations along with other construction waste (see OP-20).

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

Training of all Food Service and cleaning staff on conducting visual checks of recycling and waste bags so they are appropriately disposed of on site.
Facility where our material goes to has capability to separate various materials.

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

Have designed signage on all bins throughout college, in office kitchens and cafeterias. Developed a campaign including TV ads and videos with recycling characters that help educate students, staff and faculty on how to recycle on campus. Run campus clean ups frequently throughout the year encouraging participation through 'which department can pitch in the most'.

The college has numerous programs (e.g. recycling, compost, battery recycling, pen recycling, campus cleanups, etc.) to support the campus community, but has received feedback that the system previously designed for the whole campus, did not accommodate some individual or departmental needs. As a result in 2018, Humber began designing a more accessible system by conducting discussions with individual faculties, shadowing staff, and surveying students. Using the information gathered, Humber ran a pilot of its waste strategy (new bins, signage, training, education) in one building on campus to gather feedback and further refine its approach. This process differs from traditional waste management plans as it embraces principles from Community Based Social Marketing and considers unique barriers and needs (psychological, physical, and systemic) facing a diverse campus community.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

Annual waste audit conducted in the fall. Audit outlines a full 24 hours of waste and recycling collected from key selected areas for a representative sample. Conducted at both campuses. This provides information on what contamination is found in the recycling stream, and directs efforts of what needs more education to campus users. All waste audits since 2012 are publicly available at humber.ca/sustainability

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

The college purchases paper through our mail room and then distributes to faculties and departments by request. This reduces the number of deliveries and packaging that would be required if each school and department ordered their own paper.

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

Students are given credits towards on-campus printing at the beginning of each semester. Once these run out, they must pay for printing. All library and computer lab computers are set to double sided printing by default. Staff and faculty are educated and encouraged to set their computer default to double sided printing and many areas have 'hold and release' function set up.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Humber directs current and prospective students to the college website for information. College directories are entirely on-line as is all registration information. Current students access grades and timetables through the web-based Student Registration Services, and all printing of these documents is done by individual request only. In the classroom, all course outlines, course schedules, and most assignments are posted on Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. The college prints a limited number of college catalogues.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Large cardboard totes are stationed in the residence common area for several recycling streams during move-out week: clothing, housewares (pots, pans, etc.), books, electronics, non-perishable food, etc. Signs, social media, email and communication through the Residence Assistants are directed at student residents during the 3-4 weeks leading up to move out week. At the end of move-out, the bins are picked up or delivered to appropriate organizations:
• Non-perishable food is donated to a local charity
• Clothing, housewares and books are donated to a local charity
• Electronic waste is sent to a certified e-waste recycling company

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

Students from the fashion program have organized an 'Eco Closet' event two years in a row. Students, staff and faculty donate clothing and the class runs an clothing sale. Money raised is given to a local charity and any leftover items are donated.

We are partnered with Terracycle to collect finished pens.
We have multiple battery recycle bins at each campus.

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Humber does not have any animal bedding on campus.

Humber does not have any animal bedding on campus.

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