Solid Waste

UBC’s commitment to sustainability includes the goal of achieving zero waste

Currently, about 63% of operational, construction and demolition waste is diverted from the landfill. Help us create a green, zero waste campus: use recycling stations to sort your food scraps and recyclables into the proper bins.

Learn how to reduce solid waste

  • Visit Sort-It-Out and the A-Z Recyclepedia for information on how to recycle the various types of waste generated in your office and lab
  • Learn What You Can Do to adopt more sustainable practices on campus
  • Find out what you can recycle in recycling stations on campus by reviewing the Sorting Guide
  • Refer to our Green Products List when purchasing supplies for your lab

Recycle lab plastic

Plastic degrades slowly, produces harmful fumes when it burns, and requires large amounts of chemicals during creation. Plastic waste in laboratories has increased dramatically in parallel with our use of disposable products and packaging. Participate in UBC’s Lab Plastic Recycling Program.

Recycle styrofoam

Did you know that Styrofoam takes over 500 years to degrade in landfills, yet makes up 30% of landfill volume today? In addition, Styrofoam releases over 90 different hazardous chemicals when burned. Participate in UBC’s Styrofoam Recycling Program.

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