Facilities Management works with other units and groups on campus to promote sustainable choices and awareness. Some of our sustainablity initiatives are outlined on this page, but we recommend you visit Western's Sustainability site for 'Green Tips' and ways to get involved on campus.
Outdoor Recycling Stations
outdoor recycling bins have been strategically placed around campus to promote recycling outdoors and to equipe Western with the faclities to reach zero-waste status.
- Equipped with one bin for paper recycling, two for plastics, cans and bottles, and one for garbage waste
- Colourful and descriptive labels will help users sort their waste as they approach the units
- The receptacles were specifically selected based on staff input from Facilities Management, Hospitality Services, as well as Housing and Ancillary Services to meet the needs and desires of each department
Reduced Road Salt Use
Western uses green- and blue-coloured winter salts containing potassium
acetate and corrosion inhibitors. These less harmful formulas comply to Environment Canada's Salt
Reduction Plan for large businesses and organizations.
Did you know:
- Most road salts lose their strength at below minus six degrees which means some
areas may need to be salted several times
- The salt used on campus is treated with a magnesium chloride additive and works in cold temperatures down to minus 20 degrees, making a single pass often enough
- The colour is a product feature to let you
know where you have treated, eliminating the tendency to over-apply
Batteries contain heavy metals that can contaminate the environment when
improperly disposed of so Facilities Management arranges to have old batteries taken off site and properly recycled.
Did you know:
- Battery collection spots are located all over campus - look for the bin at indoor recycling stations
- Raw Materials Company's (RMC) large decommissioning/processing plant
takes Western's batteries and re-purposes their parts
- Recovered zinc and manganese from batteries are granulated and used in fertilizer, the paper and plastics are separated and used for
generating energy, and the metal casings are removed and crushed for
Furniture & Equipment Recycling Program (FERP)
Pushing old furniture and equipment aside can create cluttered and unsafe spaces in campus buildings. FERP was created in 2010 to help remove and redistribute unwanted items around campus.
Did you know:
- FERP staff removed nearly 500 items from congested hallways and temporary storage areas - more than half were claimed for reuse on and off campus and all other items were recycled
- All FERP items are free for the taking and FM provides a delivery service for on-campus drop-offs
- We look forward to bringing the program back in 2013 - stay tuned for more information!
How are we doing? Let us know!