Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.48 / 8.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 150.20 Tonnes 255 Tonnes
Materials composted 0 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials donated or re-sold 2.20 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tonnes 0 Tonnes
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 232.87 Tonnes 292 Tonnes
Total waste generated 424.69 Tonnes 547 Tonnes

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

2015 was selected as the baseline year as this included waste data for both north and downtown building locations (based from the CSAO 2015/2016 utilities data)

2017 data was collected from data submitted to COU for 2017/2018; recycled materials included standard recycling, recycling of e-waste, metal, and light bulbs). Donated material included chairs and furniture as well as lights to Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit local groups (approx. 2.2 tonnes).

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 720 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 9,419 8,746
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 699 604
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 128 121.50
Weighted campus users 7,672.50 6,921.38

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.06 Tonnes 0.09 Tonnes

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
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires No
Other (please specify below) No

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

E-waste and batteries are also collected on campus to be disposed of correctly. With Terracycle Canada, Ontario Tech also collects stationary items (pens, markers, highlighters) to be recycled/reused.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :

Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

In 2018, Ontario Tech U participated in a composting pilot to gauge feasibility of implementing composting on campus.

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

Recycling audits are performed across campus.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

Ontario Tech U follows the "Green Procurement of Goods and Services". Implemented in 2012, this document lays out waste minimizing strategies the institution must follow through various aspects of purchasing, including longer warranties to reduce waste, using eco-friendly materials, minimizing packaging and more.

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

Ontario Tech U uses assets management to reuse surplus supplies and materials. Furthermore, we handle e-waste surplus effectively, through the Office of Sustainability on campus.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):

The institution encourages peer-to-peer exchange and reuse through Thrift Swap. Although previously a bi-annually event held in Residence, we are in the process of implementing a permanent year long location, for this exchange program, for students, staff and faculty.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

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 the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) 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 the institution's program 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 Ontario Tech U 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:

disposable plastic bags
non-perishable food items
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 the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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