When UCW moved to Vancouver House, the University was careful to follow the waste management hierarchy by:

  • Reducing our need for materials (Reduce)
  • Identifying any materials that we could bring with us (Reuse)
  • Ensuring materials we needed had recycled content (Recycle) and that our relocation and purchase packaging was recycled.
  • Recovering hard to recycle by-products from our purchases (Reclaim)

UCW also REFUSED to use materials that were red-listed or compromised indoor air quality.

Here are a few examples of such measures:

  • Requiring air quality certification for our purchased furnishings, fittings and finishes (such as chairs, carpets, counters and paints)
  • Selected carpet that had high recycled material content
  • Ensured selection of long-lasting and easily repaired furniture

Of course, our society still wears things out and relies on packaging for product protection and safety. To answer this need for waste management, UCW has an active recycling program.

At every dining area you’ll find four product waste separation. We separate items that can’t be easily recycled from:

  • Food waste (Organics)
  • Containers (Plastic, Glass & Aluminum)
  • Wood fiber (Paper & Cardboard)

If you’re not sure what can be recycled, a current list of materials can be found on the Recycling BC website.

Tip: Want to help reduce waste, start by refusing to use single use containers. The most common source of avoidable waste is our drinking containers. Carry a reusable mug & water bottle, hydration is also important to your health and studying.