Becoming a zero-waste campus
In 2017, the University of Waterloo created the Environmental Sustainability Strategy that set-out goals which included becoming a zero-waste (90% waste diversion) campus by the year 2035. Becoming a zero-waste campus will require a large shift in the way the campus operates, and students and employees will each need to do their part to limit their waste sent to landfill. Waste diversion is a key factor we are focused on, it is the process of diverting waste from the landfill (i.e. sorting divertable waste into the recycling and organics steams).
The Shift-Zero campaign was created to promote the campus' shift toward zero-waste and to guide students and employees on how they can actively do their part in waste reduction. The Shift-Zero campaign focuses on five key areas to support the transition and make behaviour change convenient and impactful:
- Engagement and training
- Reducing and eliminating waste
- Maximizing recycling
- Capturing organics
- Expanding reuse programs