Western recognized for waste minimization

RCO Waste Minimization AwardNovember 7, 2013

- Lauren McVittie, Communications Intern

Third time was a charm for Western as representatives from the Facilities Management Division received the university’s third consecutive Waste Minimization Award at the Recycling Council of Ontario awards gala in Toronto. The annual event recognizes organizations across the province for their efforts in waste reduction and diversion.

The silver award put Western at the top of the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional; Education Institution category, edging out the University of Toronto.

“The entire Western community should be proud of being a part of our growing achievements in sustainability,” said Stefanie De Adder, sustainability coordinator.

“This award is further proof that the campus community is committed in supporting our top-notch waste diversion programs and infrastructure."

Several recent advancements to the waste collection process can be directly linked to the university’s success. For example, 160 new outdoor recycling receptacles were strategically placed around campus this year. Western has been composting in its residences since 1997, and, starting this year, suite-style residences are equipped with green bins.

Western aims to divert 80 per cent of waste from landfill over the next five years.  To achieve this goal, Western plans to ensure every garbage bin on campus also has a place for recycling, as well as further developing composting programs