Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.67 / 8.00 Leigh Andersen
Director of Customer Service and Program Integration
Facilities Management
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 473.79 Tons 563.70 Tons
Materials composted 1,083.10 Tons 609.40 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 44 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 483.22 Tons 748 Tons
Total waste generated 2,040.11 Tons 1,965.10 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Sept. 1, 2018 Aug. 31, 2019
Baseline Period Sept. 1, 2010 Aug. 31, 2011

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

The academic year of 2010/11 was the first year that comprehensive detailed data was collected.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,472 2,240
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 19,334 16,975
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,553.84 4,982
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 800 1,800
Weighted campus users 17,183.88 15,677.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.12 Tons 0.13 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
5.28

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
76.31

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
76.31

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

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:
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Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
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Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

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

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

Spot checks of the recycling stream on conducted regularly across campus. When recycling and composting bins are emptied, obvious and easier materials that have been incorrectly disposed are removed and are placed into the correct stream. If an area (location within a building) has a large amount of cross-contamination on a regular basis, the waste reduction team investigates to see why this may be happening. Corrective measures are put in place, such as emptying bins at greater frequency, increases or replaces signage, talks to users to identify barriers to clean stream disposal, and/or carriers out a mini-education/awareness campaign in the area.


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

UVic established a Waste Reduction Unit in 2009 which has helped the university increase its waste diversion rate. Rates continued to improve substantially between 2016 and 2019, and currently the university has achieved a waste diversion rate of 76% relative to the baseline rate established in 2010. This is largely the result of the implementation of more than 300 UVic standard three-bin waste sorting stations across campus in 2016. Each bin provides signage to help the user identify how to appropriately sort their waste materials. The program was further improved in August of 2017 when hundreds of compost bins were added to the original stations. Signage, social media, videos and posters were placed around campus to create awareness and education to shift waste-related behaviours to increase waste diversion and reduction. UVic also launched its own Recyclepedia search catalogue so users can find out the best ways to dispose of generated campus waste.

https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/topics/waste/index.php


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

Every three to four years, Facilities Management Waste Reduction unit hires a third party waste auditing organization to conduct an external “Waste to Resource” assessment for UVic. The most recent assessment took place in 2018. During this assessment, landfill waste bin samples were collected from 40 unique source areas. The materials were sorted and divided into waste categories and weights of each material sub-category were recorded. The recorded data is then available to be used to identify new ways to reduce waste, maximize collection of recycling materials and optimize waste management efficiencies.

Every few years, UVic also conducts its own internal audit. The last one took place in 2019, in which visual observations and samples were obtained from various collection areas. These collection areas were identified from labels placed on the waste bags. The assessment material was collected in a designated location separate from the waste collection areas. The materials were divided into categories and weights of each material were recorded. The main categories were papers, organic waste (which included food waste but not yard and garden waste), plastics, glass, metals, wood, textiles and residuals. To determine the total waste generated for the remaining buildings on campus, generation rates from the sample buildings were applied to unaudited buildings. To achieve an accurate total, factors such as the size of the building as well as the types of activities were considered when extrapolating the generation rates campus wide.


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

UVic Purchasing Services and Food Services work with suppliers to reduce waste in a variety of ways, mostly in terms of minimizing packaging materials. Many perishable food items are now delivered in reusable rubber containers rather than cardboard and soft plastic (e.g. baked goods and meat). UVic's office supply vendor offer reusable/returnable packing boxes and trays. Administrative and academic units are encouraged to order supplies in bulk. The vending machine supplier has a computerized system that informs them when a machine needs refilling, reducing trips to campus.


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

UVic's surplus assets (e.g. furniture, electronic equipment and appliances) are handled by our Surplus Asset Coordinator who works with Purchasing Services and the Waste Reduction Unit to either repurpose, sell or recycle used assets. http://www.uvic.ca/purchasing/surplus/index.php


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

The UVic Free Store is run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers and offers all UVic students access to food essentials and free household items. Students can come and take anything they need and miscellaneous items are donated regularly to replenish available stock.
Additionally, the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) runs Subtext, a not-for-profit consignment bookstore staffed by students. They accept consigned textbooks and novels with an emphasis on bringing in editions that are current to the courses being offered on campus. Pricing is set by the seller, making Subtext a competitor for alternative used-book retailers.


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

UVic uses Papercut and does not offer any free printing for students in computer labs or libraries. All printers default to double-sided printing (single sided is the exception, not the norm).


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

Many administrative documents are now available online. These include income tax forms, memos regarding changes in administrative procedures, and timesheets.

Employee payroll is now almost exclusively performed with automatic deposit, as are payments between the university and the province and other large funders. Union voting and other employee surveys are done exclusively online. The Board of Governors have all been provided with tablets to review board meeting documents on rather than being provided with large amounts of paper documents prior to each meeting.

Additionally, most professors at the university now provide course syllabuses and other traditionally paper hand-outs online via “Coursespaces”, saving the university on unnecessary paper-waste.


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

UVic goes to great lengths to reduce waste generated by student move-ins and move-outs. Extra waste bins are set up to collect recyclables such as cardboard, paper and Styrofoam. Large bins are also set up to collect unwanted furniture, clothing and electronics. Information is provided to students and parents ahead of time on what collection services are available. Special E-Waste collection days are also hosted each April to collect recyclable personal electronic items.

https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/assets/docs/waste/student-moveout.pdf

Additionally, in the spring of 2019 UVic piloted its first move out Dump-and-Run. This was a collaborative effort between the Staff Sustainability Network, Residence Services, the UVSS free store, and the UVic Sustainability Project. The goal of the campaign was to divert waste associated with residence move out by providing drop-off tables in a common area in each residence building. Brochures were made available to students in residence and provided information on how to properly recycle or donate their unwanted items when moving out, as well as a map that indicated where recycling compounds, move out bins, and clothing drop-boxes were located throughout the residence areas on campus. The UVSS Free Store and Beacon Community Services charity organization redistributed the useable items that had been donated by students. This was a successful campaign that ended up diverting an estimated two tonnes of material from the landfill.

https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/involved/sustainability-fund/projects/csf019dump-and-run/index.php


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

Special waste collection bins for hard-to-recycle items including Styrofoam, soft plastics, batteries and cell phones are established in key areas around campus.


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