Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

MacEwan University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.16 / 3.00 Ron Ewanchuk
Coordinator, Tenant Services
Facilities
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
651.53 Tonnes

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,030.42 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:

Programs and Outreach Efforts
-Waste and recycling signage was developed. This signage explains what goes in which bin.
-A recycling game was created by the Office of Sustainability to engage students, staff, and faculty and teach them how to properly dispose of waste in an interactive way.

Nature of the Recycling System
The City of Edmonton has a single-stream recycling system, which means that all recyclables can be placed into one bin and are later sorted at the City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE). Having a single-stream system reduces barriers to recycling by making it easier for users. As well, the EWMCE sorts and separates all organics from the waste stream and composts the organic materials at their facilities.


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

The Student Food Bank is a confidential service that works to help students struggling on a budget cut their grocery costs. It is operated by the Students' Association MacEwan University.

Each month students can access the Student Food Bank for a hamper of non-perishable food and a $20 Safeway gift card to purchase fresh items, like milk and fruit. Hampers are available in vegetarian or omnivore options, but vegans are welcome to claim the monthly gift card and a vegetarian hamper (re-donating items they cannot eat).


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

MacEwan University sends its waste and recycling to the City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE). Organics (including pre-consumer food waste) are placed into the waste stream, separated out of the waste at the EWMCE, and then sent to the Edmonton Composting Facility to be mixed with biosolids and converted into compost.


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

MacEwan University sends its waste and recycling to the City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE). Organics (including post-consumer food waste) are placed into the waste stream, separated out of the waste at the EWMCE, and then sent to the Edmonton Composting Facility to be mixed with biosolids and converted into compost.


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) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

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

Cell phones


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