February 13, 2013
Facilities Management is installing 160 new outdoor recycling bins in high traffic areas across campus
Initial recepticles have already been installed adjacent to some buildings with the remain units being installed in increments. All the bins are expected to be installed by the end of the summer.
The primary objectives of the new recepticles is to have a higher profile for recycling outdoors and to equipe Western with the faclities to reach zero-waste status. The multi-stream bins are equipped with one bin for paper recycling, two for plastics, cans and bottles, and one for garbage (that will be sent to the landfill). Colourful and descriptive labels will help users sort their waste as they approach the units.
The receptacles were specifically selected based on staff input from Facilities Management, Hospitality Services, as well as Housing and Ancillary Services to meet the needs and desires of each department.
Waste diversions continues to be a target for the Division as they partner with Hospitality Services to expand composting opportunities in and around campus eateries. The restuarant on the bridge at the Support Services Building is piloting a new composting program, which is already showing signs of success. Since the second week of January, when the dedicated compost bin was introduced, over 750 lbs of organic material has been diverted from landfill.
Western is committed to enhancing the beauty and cleanliness of our campus and the greater environment. With the new diversion infrastructure in place, success lies in the hands of the campus community.