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Waste reduction at the University of Waterloo

TitleWaste reduction at the University of Waterloo
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsTorreiter, M.
Keywordsrecycling, student engagement, waste
Abstract

This report addresses the issue of waste reduction at the University of Waterloo. The purpose of the report is to identify and evaluate the efforts by staff, faculty, and students in the fall of 1991 in order to recommend future action for the university. The report is as a comprehensive summation of the University of Waterloo Waste Reduction Initiatives which could be used as a model for other universities. This report is a full explanation of the waste reduction and recycling efforts on campus. The need for waste reduction efforts is examined and the current response strategies are reviewed and evaluated. The logistics of the recycling programs and the results of these programs are discussed. Individuals and departments on campus are participating in programs and some have developed their own ways of reducing waste. These efforts will be acknowledged. As well, the university’s program to raise awareness of campus waste management issues will be determined. It was concluded that a commitment by the university to reduce waste has been demonstrated and further water reduction efforts are required to promote the principles of sustainability on campus. Existing programs are effective, but a continuation of the efforts to educate and an increased emphasis on promotion of the programs within and outside of the university is essential. The link between staff, students and faculty, in the form of WATGREEN is an essential component to the waste reduction program. It was recommended that this commitment be maintained and extended in order to meet the standards of future waste management regulations. This involves an increased financial commitment, as well as a strengthening of existing initiative on campus, such as WATGREEN, and the Waste Management Department… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca