Implementing the new Receptacle Standards

The Receptacle Standard was created in response to the 2017 Environmental Sustainability Strategy by the Waste Steering Committee in support of the goal to become a zero-waste campus by 2035. The University aims to increase the capture and diversion of waste by expanding the waste management program on campus. The Receptacle Standard will create a consistent and convenient waste management system across campus aimed at facilitating the proper sorting of waste by students staff and faculty. Multi-stream receptacles will replace single stream receptacles currently found in many areas across campus. Receptacles will be positioned throughout interior and exterior locations. These waste stations can be customized to fit the needs and waste generated by specific buildings.

The Receptacle Standards are as follows:

  • With the exception of Residence or Affiliated College locations all receptacles are to be serviced solely by Plant Operations staff.
  • All garbage streams across campus will utilize black bags except for the saddle style unit used in offices.
  • All recycling and paper bins will utilize clear bags to assist custodial and other staff in determining the level of contamination if present so that heavily contaminated bags can be treated as garbage.
  • All organics bins will be lined with a certified compostable bag /liner.
  • Waste signage will be the sole responsibility of Plant Operations and will be standardized across campus with minimal exceptions.
  •  Signs are to be designed with a consistent look that adheres to the waste management brand “Shift Zero”.
  • Where waste units are built into millwork, until such time that the unit can be replaced with the Clean River receptacle the signage will be updated with current waste standard for the streams available at that given location. Where no signage is present, signage will be created.
  • New builds /renovation:  In no circumstance will new waste receptacles be built into millwork.

Purchasing new receptacles

Receptacles must be ordered through Plant Operations via the Work Request System. In the Description of Work box indicate “Attention: Angelo Chaves”.

Plant Operations will install all receptacles purchased and remove old units. All efforts will be made to reuse or recycle older units.

Multi-stream receptacles

Plant Operations will work collaboratively with individual departments or faculties wishing to purchase receptacles; this will ensure that correctly sized units and stream types are selected, and that placement does not impede access/ codes etc. The first step for any department wishing to purchase a receptacle is to contact Giovanna Zinken. Review the list of receptacle models below. 

Organics receptacles

Organics streams will be restricted to specific areas with high potential for organics retention, such as food service areas, lunchrooms and library entrances. Orgnics will be made available in buildings with high office occupencies in which one or more organics streams will be made availble per floor. 

Countertop and curbside organic waste receptacles are available for lunchrooms and Kitchnettes acorrs campus. Compostable liners must be used in these units. Custodial Services will routinely service the receptacles.

Ownership of bins

All bins, including those serviced by other parties, are to adhere to the receptacle standard and to work toward the goals outlined in the 2017 Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Monetary ownership of the bins does not exclude departments, faculties or any other campus operation from abiding by the Receptacle Standard.

Receptacle models

Green Office Silver Certification