Posts for the Topic waste

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In an Earth plentiful of space and natural resources, it’s easy to forget the environmental impact of something as small as plastic. Yet, we continue to use plastic every day. From plastic bottles, plastic bags, to plastic packaging, human beings consume an irrational amount of plastic waste. Where does it go? Well, no other than our waters leading to the topic of this blog: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Sustainability Office is here to discuss what the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is, its effects on our environment, and the projects that are underway in solving this global mess.

Feature: Reducing waste with A Friendlier Company

Kayli and Jacqui with their containers

Prior to COVID-19, zero-waste take-out was already challenging. The pandemic made it even harder, with restrictions on the use of personal mugs, take-out boxes and more for sanitation reasons. However, one company is beating the odds and helping local restaurants transform their practices towards circular systems. Today, we are sharing the story of A Friendlier Company, whose vision is to create a centralized, circular system across Canada.

5 simple things you can do to make the University of Waterloo a more sustainable campus!

Aerial view of campus

You've probably heard that the University of Waterloo has released sustainability reports in the past, and that there is progress being made on many aspects of sustainability. But how can students, staff and faculty make a meaningful and long-lasting impact on-campus?

What's the big deal with battery recycling?

Battery recycling stations on campus

Lack of knowledge. Inconvenience. Uncertainty. These barriers can make battery recycling seem difficult for people to participate in.

The Science and Art of Composting

Student emptying compost cow

Since our formation over the 3 years ago, UW Campus Compost has established the view that composting is both a science and an art -- and messy ones at that. The science is biochemistry and ecology; it's the interaction of external factors and ratios of organic matter; it's the techniques used. The art view considers composting a labour of love -- and one that should be shared with others.

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