Recycling can be confusing. Many municipalities have different acceptance criteria regarding what can be recycled. At Seneca, we keep our waste program consistent across our campuses regardless of where they are located.. For example, coffee cups, black plastic and compostable containers go into the garbage stream. Producers often mention that these items can "potentially" be recycled or composted. But a lack of infrastructure or financial resources often mean that these materials can’t be recycled.
On all of our campuses, you will find tri-bins that allow you to properly dispose of your recycling, paper and garbage. When the quad-bins are available, the fourth bin is allocated for organics. Please refer to the waste stations signage and the recycling guide to ensure that you dispose of your waste correctly. Unfortunately, if the recycling, paper and organics stream has a high percentage of items that are not part of that stream, it must be labelled as garbage.
Based on the 2021 waste audit for all our campuses, approximately 60 per cent of the waste we generate is garbage. Limiting contamination and reducing the volume of garbage generated is important to decrease this percentage. In order to achieve our goal of reducing 30 per cent of our overall waste by 2030, we need everyone’s support!
Seneca also has specialty collection streams for textiles, batteries, organics and e-waste. Please find all the details on the waste reduction page under the Sustainable Seneca website.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding our waste program.
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