Recycling In Residence

Residence room at Western

Recycling is the process of preventing waste from going to landfill by converting it into new products that can be used again. Recycling improves diversion rates, helps prevent pollution, and helps conserve natural resources. In the process of recycling, items are broken down into their raw constituents and then remolded. Western is committed to becoming a zero-waste campus- meaning 90% diversion from landfill- by 2022. As a student in residence, your participation in recycling has big impacts on campus and community sustainability.

Why is Recycling and Composting Important?

Environmental benefits:

  • Waste diverted for recycling helps reduce the amount of land that is needed for landfills.
  • Reduces pollutants that are released into the atmosphere, both from landfill leaching as well as from the reduction in new resources that need to be extracted.
  • Reduces the amount of energy needed to extract new resources.
  • Conserves the Earth’s natural resources, waterways, wildlife, and land.

Socioeconomic benefits:

  • Jobs are created in the recycling industry.
  • Recycling programs generally cost governments and taxpayers less money than waste management programs.
  • The sourcing and extraction of new raw materials can cause pollution that harms local communities. Recycling means that less damage is done to these areas.

Recycling Tips and Tricks

  • Flatten cardboard boxes before putting them in the paper bin. Large boxes need to be flattened and placed beside the paper bin.
  • Anything that contains liquid should be emptied before it is placed in the correct recycling bin.
  • Wash food off of recyclable items so as not to contaminate the recycling stream.
  • Western’s 2 streams of recycling are paper and containers, not paper and plastic like many other municipalities. This means that non-plastic containers (such as coffee cups) can go into the container bin, and things like plastic toys cannot go into the containers bin and must go into the landfill bin.
  • Sort your recycling at the source (in your residence rooms).

How to Use Recycling Bins

Like the City of London, Western University has a two-stream recycling system. In residence, your room may come with two recycling bins. They are meant to be shared amongst roommates, as one bin is meant for paper and one bin is meant for containers. Do not split up the bins and mix the two streams into a single bin. Download the "Please Sort It!" poster.

The 2 streams of recyclables are:

Paper
Common items that go into the paper stream:

  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Newspapers
  • Flyers
  • Envelopes

Containers
Common items that go into the containers stream:

  • Coffee cups and lids
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Steel and aluminum cans
  • Cartons and drink boxes
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Jugs

Organics:

  • Western residences offer back-of-house recycling, meaning that all organics from the cafeterias can remain on trays and taken to the dish return area in your residence dining hall. There are also organic bins in some eateries on campus, such as in the UCC.

Recycling in Each of Western's Residence

Delaware Hall

  • the waste and recycling bins used in Delaware HallRecycling Room(s):
    1.N.E
    2.N.E
    3.N.E
    4.N.E

    Room Bins:
  • Black bin – Landfill/Garbage (shared between room occupants)
  • Blue bin – Containers recycling (shared between room occupants)
  • Gray bin – Paper recycling (shared between room occupants)
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  • You will find a recycling room on the north side of floors 1-4. In your room, you have three bins; black for landfill waste, blue for containers recycling, and gray for paper recycling. These bins are to be shared between you and your roommate. If you properly sort your recycling and landfill waste in your room, it is much easier for you to dispose of your waste in the recycling room.
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  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR DELAWARE HALL

Elgin Hall

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  • Recycling Room(s):

    Ground Floor, Room 30

  • Garbage Chute(s):

    30, 117, 134, 217, 234, 317, 334, 417, 434, 517, 534

    Room Bins:
  • Bedrooms
    - One blue bin, to use for paper recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste

  • Shared kitchen
    - One blue bin, to use for containers recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste

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    Bathroom
    - One small bin, to use for landfill waste

  • In your bedroom, you will find two bins, one to be used for paper recycling and one to be used for landfill waste. In the shared kitchen, a large blue bin is available for shared use to dispose of containers recycling and a large black bin to use for landfill waste.
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  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR ELGIN HALL

Essex Hall

  • 300_rir_essex.jpgRecycling Room(s):
    141

  • Garbage Chute(s):

    141, 241, 341, 441, 541, 641

  • Room Bins:
    Bedrooms
    - One blue bin, to use for paper recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste

  • Shared kitchen
    - One blue bin, to use for containers recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste

  • 300_rir_essex2.jpgBathroom
    - One small bin, to use for landfill waste
     

  • In your bedroom, you will find two bins, one to be used for paper recycling and one to be used for landfill waste. In the shared kitchen, a large blue bin is available for shared use to dispose of containers recycling and a large black bin to use for landfill waste.
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  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR ESSEX HALL

London Hall

  • 300_rir_london.jpgRecycling Room(s):

    114

  • Garbage Chute(s):

    212, 312, 412, 512, 612

    Room Bins:
    Bedrooms
    - One blue bin, to use for paper recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste
  • Shared kitchen
    - One blue bin, to use for containers recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste

  • 300_rir_london2.jpgBathroom
    - One small bin, to use for landfill waste

  • In your bedroom, you will find two bins, one to be used for paper recycling and one to be used for landfill waste. In the shared kitchen, a large blue bin is available for shared use to dispose of containers recycling and a large black bin to use for landfill waste.
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  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR LONDON HALL

Ontario Hall

  • 300_rir_ontario.jpgRecycling Room(s):

    2.C.11

  • Garbage Chute(s):

    3.W.1, 4.W.1, 5.W.1, 6.W.1, TA.108, 2.C.4, 3.C.8, 4.E.43, 5.E.43, 6.E.43

    Room Bins:
    Bedrooms
    - One blue bin, to use for paper recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste
  • Shared kitchen
    - One blue bin, to use for containers recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste

  • 300_rir_ontario2.jpgBathroom
    - One small bin, to use for landfill waste

  • If you live in a quad room you will find one blue bin that you and your roommate will share for paper recycling and one blue bin that you and your roommate will share for containers recycling. You will have your own black bin to use for landfill waste.

    If you live in double or single room, in your bedroom you will have one black bin to use and one blue bin to use, your roommate will have the same. The black bin should be used for landfill waste while your blue bin should be used for paper recycling. If you have containers recycling, you should place it in the shared blue bin in your common space.                

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  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR ONTARIO HALL

Perth Hall

  • 300_rir_perth.jpgRecycling Room(s):

    157

  • Garbage Chute(s):

    249X, 349X, 449X, 549X, 649X

    Room Bins:
    Bedrooms
    - One blue bin, to use for paper recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste
  • Shared kitchen
    - One blue bin, to use for containers recycling
    - One black bin, to use for landfill waste

  • Bathroom
    - One small bin, to use for landfill waste

  • If you live in a quad room you will find one blue bin that you and your roommate will share for paper recycling and one blue bin that you and your roommate will share for containers recycling. You will have your own black bin to use for landfill waste.

    If you live in double or single room, in your bedroom you will have one black bin to use and one blue bin to use, your roommate will have the same. The black bin should be used for landfill waste while your blue bin should be used for paper recycling. If you have containers recycling, you should place it in the shared blue bin in your common space.                

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  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR PERTH HALL

Saugeen/Maitland Hall

  • Recycling Room(s):

    106

    Room Bins:
  • Black bin – Landfill/Garbage (shared between room occupants)
  • Blue bin – Containers recycling (shared between room occupants)
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  • In your bedroom you will find two bins, one to be used for paper recycling and one to be used for landfill waste. Garbage from your room can be placed in the garbage in the bathrooms in between room cleanings.
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  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR SAUGEEN/MAITLAND HALL

Medway / Sydenham Hall

  • 300_rir_medsyd.jpgRecycling Room(s):

    Sydenham – 007

  • Room Bins:
  • Black bin – Landfill/Garbage (individual use)
  • Blue bin – Containers recycling (shared between room occupants)
  • Blue bin – Paper recycling (shared between room occupants)
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  • If you live in a double room, you will have one black bin to use for your landfill waste and two shared blue bins. One blue bin is to be used for shared paper recycling and one is to be used for shared containers recycling.

    If you live in a single room, you will have one black bin to use for your landfill waste, one blue bin to use for your paper recycling, and a second blue bin to use for your containers recycling.

  •  
  • It is helpful to create a schedule with your roommate for when each of you will be responsible for disposing of your shared garbage and recycling. You can use this chore chart template to help create your schedule

  • DOWNLOAD THE CHORE CHART TEMPLATE FOR MEDWAY/SYDENHAM HALL