Laurier is committed to reducing the University’s waste diverted to landfill and overall waste
The huge amounts of waste generated daily by our society puts an enormous burden on the environment. Not only are we running out of space in our landfills, but the waste produces leachate, a liquid that drains out of landfills and pollutes our soil and water. In addition, landfills emit methane, a greenhouse gas that pollutes our air and adds to the climate change issue.
Laurier is legislated by the Ontario Government to work towards a 60% waste diversion rate. A waste diversion rate is calculated by taking the total amount of waste diverted from landfill and dividing it by the total amount of waste diverted and disposed. Laurier is currently at a 62% waste diversion rate.
Commingled, or single-stream, recycling has been introduced to Academic and Residence buildings, which significantly reduces contamination. We have done this with the help of new MOLOKs on campus, which separate waste into recycling, organics, cardboard, and garbage - the MOLOK standard for Laurier is Waste (Black, Cardboard (Beige), Recycling (Blue), and Organics (Green).
Other items that we recycle or reuse:
E-Waste is the fastest growing waste in NA and it does not decompose. Heavy metals and plastic leach into the ground and contaminate our ground water. The Physical Resources dept will pick up your e-waste and dispose of it properly through our partnership with Greentec. The money raised is used to subsidize our fluorescents disposal costs and is also donated to The Nature Conservancy. To place a work order, please fill out an IService request or fill out a Surplus Disposal form on the Physical Resources website. There is a drop-off location for e-waste items at 202 Regina St. loading dock.
Approved E-waste Items:
Monitors, towers, keyboards, laptops & computers, scanners, printers, computer mice, TV's, and fax machines.
Unapproved E-Waste Items:
Microwaves, photocopiers, movies or LCD projectors.
Batteries can be dropped off at the following Waterloo campus locations:
Faculty of Science Room N1048
ITS Room BA313C
Accessible Learning Room 1C11
Library Admin Room L2-213
Most types of batteries are accepted for recycling, however, Lithium (Li) batteries must have their terminals taped prior to depositing into the bin. Batteries generated from workplace activities are accepted - household waste cannot be accepted.
All Laurier food areas at the Waterloo and Kitchener campuses have public area composting centres, which are a part of the recycling centres. Additionally, department areas are being outfitted with recycling and organics centres. See below for more info.
Note: We currently have outdoor ogranics collection at the Dining Hall, FNCC, 200 King St Residence, Science Research Building, 120 Duke Street, 202 Regina, Athletic Complex, Schlegel, and the Library.
There are indoor public area organics bins in every food area on campus as well as many administrative buildings
Travel Mug Discount
Food Services offers a 10 cent discount when you use your travel mug. This discount encourages the use of travel mugs which reduces the number of disposable cups going to landfills.
The Laurier Ecotainer program is designed to reduce our dependence on disposable containers, and increase the availability of reusable containers. During the 2008 academic year in both WLUSU and Laurier food venues over 1,000,000 takeout containers were used, excluding disposable coffee cups. To eliminate the number of disposable containers, members of the Laurier community can buy into the Ecotainer program. The first step is to buy a one-time membership card for $5.00. Simply exchange your membership card for an ecotainer. Drop off dirty containers at Wilf’s, the Terrace Food Court or the Dining Hall when you are finished with it to obtain your card or get another meal to go. There are four sizes and types of reusable plastic containers. You may purchase multiple memberships to enable you to have multiple containers of various sizes. For more information, visit the Eco-Takeout page.
Online Pay Stubs
Since June 2009, Human Resources have ceased to print Laurier employee pay stubs. Employees now have access to an online pay stub, which they are able to access through Laurier Online Registration and Information System (LORIS). Estimates indicate that this initiative saves over 5000 pay stubs from being printed each month resulting in savings of $20,000 to $25,000 per year in printing costs alone.
The Athletics department has done the same for its student employees.
Paperless Library Receipts
In January 2009, the library transitioned to an online receipt system with TRELLIS. This paperless receipt initiative saves an average of 1000 slips being printed every day. Cutting down on the volume of printing not only saves paper and extends the life of printers, but saves about $300 per year. Receipt can still be printed when requested. Since the program has been implemented, 75 per cent of library patrons have chosen not to have receipts printed.
Laurier Bookstore Plastic Bag Charge
As of September 2009, the Laurier Bookstore has charged $0.05 per plastic bag. This fee discourages the use of plastic bags and therefore reduces the number of plastic bags heading to landfills.
Reuse: to salvage or return a discarded item into something usable.
The Laurier Library has partnered with the Laurier Bookstore and Better World Books (BWB) for textbook drives. Textbooks are either resold online or sent to support the Books for Africa charity. Monies from sales benefit both Laurier and Books for Africa. Along with textbooks, the Library sends discards and donations not needed on our campuses. Donate your books using the bin in the lobby of the Waterloo campus library.
Staff and faculty can put in a work order to the Physical Resources iService Desk and they’ll pick up any unwanted furniture. Furniture that cannot be reused in another Laurier office will be brought to the Salvation Army or the Re-Store.
Additionally, there are 1-2 'Stuff Swaps' held by the Residence Sustainability Reps at the end of term to reuse and/or donate any type of item, including e-waste.
Recycle: the process of breaking down the materials in one object to be reprocessed and used to make another object. Laurier is continually extending our central recycling program through staff, faculty, and student areas. This program removes deskside bins in place of one central unit consisting of paper, glass & plastic, organics, and garbage.
Scattered across campus are blue recycling bins for you to place your paper waste. Paper waste gets picked up by Water Management and recycled into new paper products.
Cans, Plastic and Glass
Scattered across campus are blue recycling bins for you to place your cans, plastic and glass waste.
Staff and faculty can put in a work order to the Physical Resources iService Desk and they’ll pick up your wood waste and make sure it gets properly recycled with Waste Management.
Staff and Faculty can put in a work order to the Physical Resources iService Desk and they’ll pick up your metal scraps and make sure it gets properly recycled with Waste Management.