University of Waterloo office waste audit

TitleUniversity of Waterloo office waste audit
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsFrith, L., K. Rae, M. Schwartzentruber, S. Wood, and V. Yeung
Keywordslandfill, Region of Waterloo, University of Waterloo, waste, waste audit, waste streams

The age-old saying that the only thing certain in this world is death and taxes can be seen as incomplete. Missing from this statement is another certainty in this world – waste. An intrinsic and inevitable aspect of life on earth is the production of wastes. Through the course of living, eating, working, and playing, human society consumes resources that eventually become redundant and require disposal. Increasingly, human society is recognizing the implications of dealing with its waste. Ontario legislation stipulates that certain enterprises, including the University of Waterloo (UW), must conduct annual waste audits. The contribution that this research paper makes to the waste audit being undertaken by UW is that it provides a representation of the waste stream produced by offices. Offices were selected from the Math and Computer, Chemistry, Environmental Studies 1, Needles Hall, and the Davis Centre buildings to provide a cross-section of buildings on campus. Methodological and systematic observations of the waste produced from selected offices were recorded to assist in understanding the contribution of office wastes to the overall stream at UW. The recommendations suggested in this paper reflect the findings in as much as they propose measures to reduce the amount of waste destined for the Region of Waterloo landfill… For full text, please e-mail