Waste audit of Campus Libraries

TitleWaste audit of Campus Libraries
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGoveas, A., S. Kiang, and K. Sparkes
KeywordsUniversity of Waterloo campus, waste audit, waste management

Between April 2001 and March 2002, two waste audits were conducted on three of the University of Waterloo’s libraries: The Dana Porter, the Davis Centre and the University Map and Design. The data collected in these audits was supported by information obtained through a survey of library user attitudes towards waste management and an analysis of waste management strategies at other universities. From this research, it was concluded that several areas of the Davis Centre library have experienced significant contamination problems and high capacity use of waste containers. Furthermore, evidence revealed that similar problems exist on most floors of the Dana Porter library. No waste management problems were observed in the University Map and Design library. Survey results revealed that the causes of these problems were: 1) lack of waste disposal knowledge by patrons 2) student apathy 3) inconveniently placed water disposal containers. Accordingly, it is recommended that signs be added to waste disposal containers in both libraries to clarify the types of materials that can be disposed of in each bin. It is further recommended that additional recycling containers be placed on all floors of the Dana Porter library used by patrons, in order to make recycling facilities more accessible… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca