Waste management

TitleWaste management
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsLockwood, S., S. Mirsky, B. Titaro, and Y. Coenye
KeywordsES2 building, University of Waterloo, waste, waste management system

The objective of this project is to thoroughly analyze the waste management system in the Environmental Studies 2 building and to conclude any and all possibilities for improving its efficiency and sustainability. Analysis was conducted by obtaining both qualitative and quantitative data by means of surveys, audits and an interview with Patti Cook. Surveys were administered to staff, students, and custodial staff in order to achieve the greatest spectrum of results by adhering to different points of view. The data results showed that a lot of cross contamination of recyclables were occurring as well as inconsistencies in the labelling, location, and emptying of various recycling bins. Surveys also indicated that 80% of garbage waste was recyclable therefore educational initiatives are requested for the users of the waste management system. Comparisons were made to the newly administered recycling programs such as that of the Environmental Information and Technology building and the integrity and sustainability of the current waste management system are brought into question… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca