Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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University of Ontario Institute of Technology
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Melissa Mirowski
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 1.02 Tonnes
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
+ Date Revised: Aug. 1, 2016
0.26 Tonnes
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
+ Date Revised: Aug. 1, 2016
Materials composted 0.20 Tonnes 0.20 Tonnes
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 1.17 Tonnes
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016
1.13 Tonnes
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 0
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
0
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 8746
+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016
8166
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016
Full-time equivalent of employees 647
+ Date Revised: June 9, 2016
604
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 121.50 121.50

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
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A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

Recycling audits are performed across campus.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Course catalogs and descriptions, course schedules, information about the school and employees contact information can be found online. Students can access class powerpoint's and handouts online to prevent paper copies of notes. Online versions of some textbooks can also be purchased at the bookstore. As an institute of technology, electronic versions are encouraged.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

Signage is located at printers across campus to encourage students and staff to limit printing waste. Computers default to double sided. Students are given a limited print credit, and additional use must be purchased.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

The Thrift Swap is a biannual event hosted by the Residence Life Team and the sustainability offices of UOIT and Durham College, which occurs in December before students living in residence leave for the holidays and in April during move-out . It is an opportunity for all students, staff and faculty to divert items from the landfill by swapping out, donating or recycling them. Items can be dropped off in the lobbies of both Simcoe and South Village Residences.

Items accepted:

batteries
clothing
disposable plastic bags
e-waste
non-perishable food items
paper
small household appliances
used books
writing utensils

Clothing and small household appliances will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association, non-perishable food items will be donated to the Campus Holiday Food Drive and all other items will be recycled through the proper channels.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:

Signage is located near garbage bins and recycling bins to remind staff to recycle appropriately. Waste audits are also completed on campus.


A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:

Cafeteria kitchens compost food waste.


A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:
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A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

The cafeterias have compostable cutlery, Pizza plates are compostable. The back of the kitchen has a composting program, as well as the South Village Residence Dining Hall.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):

South Village Dining Hall provides reusable service ware such as cups, plates, and cutlery for dine in meals. Composting is also available for diners.


A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

At the Tim Horton and Starbucks chains across campus customers receive a discount for bringing a reusable cup.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

The MugLife Campaign was launched by the student Blue Team to bring awareness to the amount of disposable cups sold on campus each day and encourage staff and students to bring reusable mug.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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