Tell us about yourself
What inspired you to start this initiative at Waterloo? What sustainability issues does your group support?
To date, our fully student-run composting operation is perhaps the most unique among Canadian post-secondary institutions. Having selected and acquired a compost drum from Actium Composting in 2014-2015, UWCC executed our pilot operation, which ultimately ended in success and close to 2,200 lbs. of organics diverted. UWCC aims to promote a campus-wide composting service at the university from diverting organics from the regional landfill, as well as raising awareness of zero-waste and reduced-consumption practices.
What was a memorable experience that you feel can or does have an impact on campus/community or more?
What is your vision of a sustainable future?
UWCC’s vision of a sustainable future includes composting organic materials as a social norm, on all scales from on campus to an international level. We hope to see composting as an everyday practice that contributes towards an overall sustainable, environmentally-conscious future that avoids food waste where possible. Composting is an alternative to food waste, but making use of other alternatives and diverting waste should be considered just as viable!
Are there any resources for those who are interested in learning more about the sustainability issue you care about or your club that you would like to share?
Check out and follow our platforms for zero waste practices, opportunities to contribute, and creating new sustainability initiatives!
Our website: https://uwcampuscompost.wixsite.com/uwcc/about-us
Our instagram and Facebook: @uwcampuscompost
Our blogs: https://uwcampuscompost.medium.com
General waste management
Waterloo region waste sorting: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/living-here/the-waste-whiz.aspx
GTA region waste sorting: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/waste-wizard/