Waste Audits

Every year a campus-wide waste audit is conducted at Western. The goal of waste audits is to determine waste composition, the success of current waste diversion (i.e. source separation) programs, and to identify possible program improvements in reducing, re-using, and recycling waste.

Western's current waste diversion rate is 50%. We are working to increase our waste diversion by reducing the amount of waste generated on campus, and by improving waste station signage and education across campus so our community knows how, and is committed, to Sort It Right! 

There are a few things that we can all do to help reduce waste on campus and improve Western's sustainability with waste.

First, help reduce waste by choosing reusable items, such as travel mugs instead of disposable coffee cups. Second, we encourage the Western community to look for ways to reuse items instead of throwing them away. For example, used furniture can be donated to community organizations during move-out instead of left for the dumpster. Before choosing to recycle or throw things away, we can also consider whether the item can be repaired or repurposed.

Lastly, Western is working on improving recycling programs. When it does come time to dispose of items, make sure you are placing them in the correct stream so that we divert as much waste as possible away from landfills. Common items found in the landfill bin include beverage containers, paper, and cardboard - all items that can be recycled. 

If you have any suggestions or would like to learn more about our waste reduction strategies at Western, please email us at sustainability@uwo.ca or follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to stay updated with our initiatives!