Waste practices


Recycling Should Be a Last Resort
We too often think of recycling as an ultimate sustainable task. Always remember, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle is an order of processes. Reducing the amount of stuff you use should be the first priority.

Relocate Recycling Bins! 
Recycling bins should be in every building on campus but they might not be in the best locations. You know the habits and patterns of your co-workers best; if you see that a recycling bin would be more effective if it were in a different location, contact Sanitary Services and ask them to move it.

Reduce Paper Usage
Send documents and memos electronically. If you must print, print double-sided.

Print Wisely 
Be mindful of how much paper you will use when printing and adjust your document accordingly. Reduce your margin size. Print single spaced. Delete text you do not need.

Reuse Single Sided Paper
Set up a bin to collect paper printed only on one side. For drafts use this previously used paper rather than a virgin piece.

Use Rags Instead of Paper Towels
Even when you factor in the amount of water and energy required to clean rags, they are much better for the environment than single use paper towels.

Use Reusable Cups Instead of Disposable Cups 
North America uses 60% of the world’s paper cups (130 billion of them each year). Those cups require about 50 million trees and 33 billion gallons of water, which could sequester 9.3 million tonnes of CO2. Not to mention the landfill space they take up because most are non-recyclable. Stop the insanity – use a reusable cup.

Don’t Litter
Tossing your waste on the ground creates pollution for humans and animals.

Buy Reused text books
The University of Ottawa has partnered with Textbooks For Change to recycle your old textbooks, but you ca also buy used books from their Amazon page.


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