We are composting and recycling more than ever at Camosun, and we are looking to provide even greater options for our community.
Recycling, waste, and organic changes in your building March 2015
Camosun is striving to reduce the amount of landfill waste we generate each year, while also increasing our recycling and composting. Facilities Services and the Office of Environmental Sustainability have partnered to pilot some changes to key areas at Interurban and Lansdowne campuses.
Camosun is constantly making an effort to mitigate the amount of waste produced on campus and to increase the amount of material being diverted from the landfill. One of the many ways Camosun monitors this is by conducting annual waste audits. Facilities and Waste Management of Canada Corporation have carried out waste audits in 2013 and 2014. You can read more about the waste audit process in Camosun's STARS report.
In 2014, Camosun recycled 330.1 tonnes of material. That's 118.9 more tonnes of material diverted from the landfill in 2014 compared to 2013. It is clear that Camosun is making great progress towards achieving its environmental sustainability goals, but we need your help to achieve more! Properly sorting your waste into the appropriate bin will help support the college's waste mitigation and diversion efforts.
Why is it important to properly sort your waste?
As waste decomposes in the landfill, greenhouse gases are produced, including methane. Methane has 21 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide, intensifying global warming. Landfill garbage also increases the risk of soil, water, and air pollution. When waste is sorted into the wrong bin, that bin can become contaminated, which results in recyclable resources being sent to the landfill and exacerbating these negative environmental effects.
We want to help take the guess work out of recycling; below are our favourite resources to help you properly sort your waste:
- Recycling Council of British Columbia
Wondering where you can recycle your batteries, alarm clocks, unused paint, plastic bags, and even candy wrappers? The Recycling Council of BC has all the information you need to find out where to recycle your obscure items (they even have a handy mobile phone app!).
- CRD Blue Box Program - Sorting Guide
Use this sorting guide to find out what items are accepted in the CRD Blue Box program.
- CRD Blue Box Program - Collection
Find your next collection day, download a schedule, and get the CRD Recycle App here.
- Kitchen Scraps Compost Program - Accepted Materials
Find a list of items/materials typically accepted and not accepted in kitchen scrap collection programs. Note: not every municipality has curb-side compost pickup; find out what programs are offered in your area here. For a detailed list of recycling, waste, and organic waste service providers, click here.
Recycling at Camosun
Ever wondered what you should be putting in which bin? Here's a handy guide.
Blue bins: Mixed paper and cardboard
- office paper
Green bins: Plastic and tin
- plastics # 1 through 7
- beverage containers
- clamshell food packaging
- milk cartons
- tetra paks
- coffee cup lids
- light metals
- aluminum foil and containers
- tin cans
- glass (not broken glass)
Grey bins (black lid): Waste – landfill
- chip bags
- bar wrappers
- non-compostable food waste
Other Recyclable Materials
- College use only. Items bagged in clear bags and stored in Recycle Storage Area until collection.
- Items collected: Rigid, popcorn and soft styrofoam collected.
- Items bagged in clear bags and stored in our Interurban or Lansdowne Recycle Storage Area.
- Items collected: All types of soft plastic and plastic bags.
Washroom Paper Towels
- Currently from Fisher Bldg., PISE, expanding to all other buildings.
- Collected by Custodial staff from washrooms in separate containers.
- Collection Boxes (via Call2Recycle) are located in the Receiving Department at each campus at Interurban and Lansdowne.
- Items collected: Encompasses all Dry cells, "D", "C", "AA", "AAA" and 9-volt. Larger wet cell/vehicle batteries are handled as a hazardous waste, stored in our chemical storage bunkers and disposed of through the year.
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Composting at Camosun
Return your waste to the earth! Here's your guide to Camosun's composters.
Yellow Bins: Compost
These are the larger 23 litre bins, located primarily in food service areas and collected by ReFuse.
- food waste
- stir sticks
- compostable cutlery
- paper towel
- coffee cups (lids removed)
Small Green Bins: Compost
- food waste
- tea bags
- fruit peels and pits
- edible items only
Cone digesters project
After two years of hard work involving Environmental Technology students and faculty and Facilities Services staff, several green compost bins have been installed in most buildings around campus. All types of food waste including meat, cheese, bread and cooked leftovers can be dropped into these bins. Camosun has hired two students part-time to collect the waste daily and redistribute it into 16 new cone-shaped anaerobic organic waste digesters. An educational component of these projects will soon be developed to help explain and teach the new composting system at each campus.
Did you know?
- The plastic forks/knives/spoons you get from Urban Diner and Campus Caf are totally compostable! You can toss them in any of the compost bins around campus.
- Don't like the idea of how much paper resources go into the publishing of textbooks? The bookstore offers some textbooks in ebook format.
- Receive $0.25 off drinks when you use a reusable mug at the Campus Caf, By the Books, Java Express, and Urban Diner.
- Camosun is dedicated to advancing sustainability practices on campus and recently underwent a sustainability assessment (STARS) to see how our institution measures up. Camosun achieved a rating of Silver! Learn what that means and see the full report here.