October 22, 2012
Queen’s successfully diverted 45 per cent of its waste from landfills in the past year, up three per cent from the year previous. The university released the results of its waste diversion efforts during National Waste Reduction Week, which celebrates initiatives across the country and calls on Canadians to “take action” and adopt more environmentally conscious choices.
To inform the campus community about reduce, reuse and recycle strategies on campus, the Queen’s Sustainability Office has created posters focusing on initiatives such as the office organics program and the bottled water ban, and instructional posters that detail coffee cup recycling and other waste disposal and recycling procedures on campus.
“These resources are available to help the community become more educated and aware of the programs in place to keep our campus as green as possible and reduce our impact on the environment,” says Llynwen Osborne, Waste Diversion Coordinator.
The waste diverted on Queen’s campus falls into several categories, including leaf and yard waste, electronic waste, organics, furniture, scrap metal, and book recycling. The Sustainability Office is looking to set a target rate for waste diversion to further decrease the environmental impact on campus. It is also developing an online tool to give students, staff and faculty immediate information on how to responsibly dispose of or recycle various waste items on campus.