Recycling bins


  • Achieve a 60% diversion rate by 2025

  • Become a zero waste campus (90% diversion rate) by 2035 

Supporting SDGs

SDG 12 - Responsible production and consumption SDG 13 - Climate action SDG 14 - Life below water

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Zero Waste UW image with 5 action acrea iconsBecoming 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 the waste sent to landfill. The Zero Waste UW Action Plan 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

Find out more about programs and services on campus and what Waterloo is doing.