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  1. Waste Reduction and Diversion at McMaster Presented by: Catherine Lau Sustainability Intern ,Winter 2012

  2. Outline • Introduction to new sustainability initiative • Major concerns of proper recycling and waste disposal at McMaster University • Basic overview of materials that can be recycled and composted • Recap

  3. Bin Installation (CNH and TSH)

  4. Major Concern: Contamination

  5. Separating Recyclables • Hamilton has a double stream system for recycling VS Paper Plastics/Glass

  6. Recycling– Common Mistakes What cannot be recycled: • Coffee cups • Bottle caps • Bottles and cans with liquid in them • Wet or dirty paper or cardboard • Pizza Boxes

  7. Recycling- Paper • What can be recycled: • File folders • Envelopes • Paper with staples, papers clips or spiral wire binding • Flyers and magazines • Phone books, text books and courseware

  8. Recycling – Plastic & Glass What can be recycled: • Beverage and food cans • Glass jars and bottles PS plastics, e.g., coffee cup lids Clean take-out containers #6 plastics, e.g., styrofoam Milk cartons

  9. Compost • McMaster University Student Centre (NEW Jan 12, 2012) • Public compost bin located across from Union Market in MUSC. • Kitchens that compost: • Mary E. Keyes • Bridges Café • Twelve Eighty • Union Market • La Piazza. • Phoenix • Communications Research Laboratory

  10. Compost List of Acceptable Items: • Fruits and vegetables • Meat, including bones • Dairy • Soup and sauce • Bread products • Coffee grounds and filters • Waxed paper • Cooking Fat • Paper plates • Napkins • Paper towel • Milk cartons • Paper coffee cups • Wooden Skewers

  11. Steps to Success GOAL: Divert waste and promote recycling • Install new waste and recycling bins in CNH and TSH • Promote use of new bins through online presentations, posters and workshops • Compare the amount of waste and recycling over the course of a month to data in previous months • Publish results in final report available on the McMaster Sustainability website (www.mcmaster.ca/sustainability)

  12. Thank you for listening! Questions/Concerns? Contact: Catherine Lau (Sustainability Intern) at laucm@mcmaster.ca or Kate Whalen (Sustainability Manager) at whalenk@mcmaster.ca