Small changes make a big difference. Facilities Management hopes that’s the case with garbage production on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Over the holiday season, garbage cans in offices and workstations across campus will be replaced by much smaller trash containers, in a move to reduce the amount of non-garbage going to the landfill.
October’s campus waste audit found that only 15 per cent of waste in office garbage cans was actually garbage — the rest was recyclable or biodegradable (compostable) materials. The new, smaller garbage bins — part of a new My Waste, My Responsibility program — complement the existing “deskside recycling” blue bins and yellow compost bins, to help direct all compostable and recyclable materials into the correct handling systems.
The new, smaller garbage bins attach to the side of the existing blue recycling cans in each office. Once the smaller cans are in place, the user of each workstation is responsible for disposing of blue bin recycling and the black garbage bin contents, using central collection stations located in corridors and foyers.
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