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Wilfrid Laurier University Physical Resources
October 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Deparmental Central Waste & Recycling Program

The Departmental Central Waste Program has been instrumental in helping Laurier to achieve over a 60% waste diversion rate in response to mandates from the Ministry of Environment, which requires yearly audits. This information is calculated as a scope 3 energy emission for our university-wide greenhouse gas reduction targets.

This program has played a significant part in Laurier's sustainable leadership profile,

modeled by institutions and businesses alike

This program removes desk-side waste bins in place of a central waste centre with full-scale recycling and composting capabilities. 

The centres are all located within a reasonable distance to offices to ensure accessibility and comply with egress codes. The centres are made out of recycled plastic and are manufactured locally by Clean River. The Waterloo and Kitchener campus are fully outfitted with the program, and has been implemented in several Brantford campus buildings as the design standard for all existing as well as new builds and major renovations.

Commingled Recycling

Laurier now services 'single-stream/commingled' recycling which means all recyclable materials (except for cardboard) can go in the same unit or stream. For those areas that still have the older infrastructure that separates recycling, please continue to separate and the custodial staff will empty into our recycling bins.


The introduction of organics at Laurier has played a huge role in increasing our waste diversion rate (see 'waste' for yearly audit results). Refer to the list below for information on what can go in the organics bin.


Further Resources

Overview of program

Specifications of program

Related Information Title Type
2014 Recycling Guideline Handout Brantford Document
2014 Recycling Guideline Handout Waterloo Document
2014 What Goes in the Organics Bin Document