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Recycling & Energy Conservation

The School of Environmental Studies places great emphasis on reducing and recycling waste, and encourages its students to do the same.

Below please find some information about recycling opportunities within the School, on campus, and in Kingston, and some helpful hints on how you can reduce your environmental footprint.

Recycling toner cartridges:

  • Ink jet and laser printer cartridges as well as photocopier toner cartridges are recyclable. Please return to Carol MacAdams at Printing Services, by Campus Mail, marked "recycle".  Many stores also collect printer cartridges. Look for signs in those stores where you purchase the products.

Recycling bins:

  • Please use the recycling bins that are distributed across campus. If you do not find a recycling bin nearby for recyclable waste, please take it home and recycle it as part of the City's grey and blue box collection program.

Compostable materials:

  • If you have the opportunity to compost materials at home, please take compostable items home with you rather than discard them in the waste bins.
  • Living in an apartment you may not have a backyard to accommodate a compost bin. The worm factory, for example, offers an alternative:

Safely disposing of batteries:

  • The Tea Room has a small collection bin for household batteries.
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre, Lappan Lane, accepts batteries as part of Kingston's collection of Household Hazardous Waste:
  • To find out what to do with rechargeable batteries, check out the city web site.

Safely disposing of pharmaceuticals and medication:

  • These materials are considered toxic and should not be placed in your regular garbage. The Kingston Area Recycling Centre, Lappan Lane, accepts pharmaceuticals as part of Kingston's collection of Household Hazardous Waste. Check your Pharmacy as well.

Recycling of cell phones:

  • There is a national cell phone collection program in place. 

Reducing paper consumption

  • Print double-sided. 
  • Reuse paper that is printed on one side either for printing of drafts or as scrap paper.
  • Ask your professors whether they will accept research papers printed double-sided.

What to do with computers, furniture, clothing, old appliances, building materials, bicycles and large items:

  • Depending on the item, contact Freecycle, Free4All, local charitable organizations, or companies that specialize in recycling processes of certain items.

Reducing food packaging waste:

  • Consider bringing waste-free lunches by using reusable containers and cutlery for your food items brought from home. There is a refrigerator available in the Environmental Studies Lounge where you can store your lunches.

Reducing the use of water bottles and other disposable drink containers:

  • Please consider bringing your own water bottles that can be filled at drinking fountains.
  • Tim Horton's lids are recyclable if dry and clean, but the cups are not. Please think about bringing your own mugs.

Saving energy and water:

  • Please switch off lights when you leave rooms, and turn off computers and screens that are not in use. See also the Physical Plant Services Energy Management website for tips.
  • Where available, please use blinds and curtains to keep out the heat and cold.
  • If you see leaking faucets or running toilets, please bring this to the immediate attention of the office staff of that particular department. They will arrange for necessary repairs.

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