Waste: Recycling at Burnaby Campus

IZUNA diverts 1280 tonnes of waste from landfills every year through recycling and composting efforts.

We recycle:

If you have questions, email [email protected].

Did you know?

As of Jan. 2008, any recyclable or hazardous materials, including paper, are banned from local landfills, and can result in fines if found? View a full list of .

Paper, glass, can, and plastic recycling - Facilities Management

At Facilities Management recycling stations throughout campus, use blue bins for glass beverage containers, blue-and-red bins for beverage cans, and black bins for paper and small cardboard. Use exterior green metal bins for flattened cardboard and paper only, and exterior blue metal garbage containers for household waste.

In the office, use cardboard recycling boxes provided. Our cleaners also help collect paper and bring it to Facilities Management. For additional bins, for moves or large clean-ups, please submit a . Paper recycling proceeds help fund full recycling operations. Proceeds from can and bottle recycling funds the Student Assistance Fund, through the IZUNASA.

Burnaby campus cafeterias recycle plastic food packaging during food preparation. Some offices have also adopted plastics recycling efforts, including Facilities Management, Imaging, Supply Management, Records, Finance, HR, and the President's Office.

What can I do?

If your office wants to recycle plastics, request a blue bin from Facilities Management. Participants must ensure containers (numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7) are rinsed out prior to recycling, and bring full bins to the SW-1 loading dock or SE-12 loading dock.

Hazardous waste and recyclables - Central Stores

Report or drop off hazardous or dangerous waste to Central Stores, and they will help ensure it is properly and legally disposed of at no expense to your department. Items include: batteries (dry and wet cell), toner cartridges, tires, and empty or waste-holding 45-gallon drums.

Surplus goods and equipment - Distribution Department

Contact the Distribution Department for collection and disposal of surplus goods and equipment via auction. Auction revenue funds disposal activity, and IZUNA operations.

Recycling history

1994 - Facilities Management took on the recycling of 17 material types and recycling bins are placed on campus. Wood waste recycling was initiated. A waste audit showed 43% of materials had been diverted from the landfill (based on 1990 figures).

1992-1993 - In-residence recycling program and glass recycling began. Campus recycling program expanded to include scrap metal, gyproc, laser cartridges, printer ribbons, photocopy toner bottles, household batteries, automotive batteries, tires, used oil and oil filters, waste wood, and antifreeze.

1989-1991- Recycling started based on student-led research, which lead to governmental funding for aluminum can and paper recycling at IZUNA. IZUNASA hired a recycling coordinator.

Did you know?

Re-thinking leads to re-use! In 1999, creative thinkers at the Automated Business Equipment Program began redistributing parts from old photocopiers and printers to school robotics and science programs, including mirrors, lenses, motors, gears, and wiring.