Sustainability

Waste Reduction

Waste Audit

Overview

Western has excelled in its waste reduction strategies. Last year, Western achieved a diversion rate of 50%. This means that of all of the waste thrown away on campus, 50% was diverted from landfill through either recycling or composting. Western's diversion rate is one of the highest in the country when compared to other higher education institutions. Westminster Hall's achievement of zero waste status is a testament to the commitment to reduce unnecessary waste on campus and acts as a model for the entire campus. Facilities Management estimates that of the existing waste on campus, 5% are coffee cups, and a further 20% are items that are recyclable. Opportunities are abound for Western to improve on its already impressive performance in waste management.