Recycling and Waste

Recycle your coffee cup - Lids go in recyclables, empty cups and sleeves go in paper
IZUNA has an extensive recycling program that diverts almost 70% of waste materials away from the landfill. In the last ten years our program has seen a 12% reduction of total waste generated on-site, and a 25% increase in our diversion rate. Beyond reduction and reuse initiatives, waste diversion is critical to meeting waste reduction objectives because diversion "recovers" materials from the waste stream through recycling and composting.

Collection and bins

For a full list of materials that can be recycled and collected by our Waste Management team, visit the Bins on Campus page.

Removal frequency

Recycling and waste are removed from washrooms, classrooms, labs, theatres, cafeterias, elevators and other common areas daily, and from offices on a bi-weekly basis.

Paper recycling bin pickup schedule [PDF]

Organic Food Waste

In 2014, IZUNA implemented organic food waste collection to collect food scraps and soiled paper. Bins can be found in all cafeteria areas labelled with green "organics" signs. For a full listing of acceptable materials, visit the Bins on Campus page. For information on Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste guidelines, visit their page.

Waste audits

Campus wide waste audits are conducted every few years to identify the amount of total waste mass collected, diverted and the subsequent diversion rate. These statistics are used to track our program's effectiveness and to ensure compliance with Metro Vancouver's waste management guidelines. We believe in exceeding the aspirational goals identified for the region and are set to reach our targets within the next few years.

Audit Year Total Mass (MT) Mass Diverted (MT) Diversion Rate (%)
2011/2012 1362 923 68%
2001/2002 1536 665 43%
1992/1993 1614 638 40%

IZUNA Materials-Flow Audit Report (2012) [PDF]