Recycling at Western

Hazardous Material

For all matters relating to hazardous or potentially hazardous materials, please contact Occupational Health & Safety at ext. 82194, Support Services Building 5100.


Organics disposal is currently only available in some buildings on campus. Organics can be disposed of at the UCC Centre Spot recycling station, within residence dining halls, and through the Office Green Bin Program.

The Office Green Bin Program is a self-service program, with equipment supplied by Facilities Management. To learn more, to request an organics bin, or to request more compostable bags please e-mail 

Writing Utensils

Used writing utensils can be recycled through a partnership with TerraCycle Canada. Please bring your used pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, etc. to the TerraCycle box located just outside of room 210 in the UCC.


Procurement Services provides an online service for asset disposal, including furnishings. Bid forms are available online here under Procurement-Asset Disposal Requisition or from Procurement Services, Support Services Building, Suite 6100.


Please flatten cardboard and tuck it beside recycling stations. Caretaking Services will collect it on their scheduled route.

Ink Cartridges/Toner

Leave your ink cartridges and toner at the provided bins on every floor in most buildings. A pick-up service is provided by Facilities Management for these materials.


Battery drop-off locations are found throughout campus. More information and a list of drop-off locations can be found here. For safety reasons, please remember to sort your batteries into the appropriate bins.


Electronic waste items, such as computers and monitors, are recovered by Facilities Management. Your closest eWaste drop-off location can be found here.



  • Beverage cups, including coffee cups, containers and lids
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Aluminum and steel
  • Plastic clamshell packaging


  • Boxboard (thin, non-corrugated cardboard)
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Fine paper
  • Envelopes


  • Food scraps
  • Meat and bones
  • Napkins, tissues, and paper towels
  • Coffee grounds and paper coffee filters
  • Tea bags
  • Soiled paper (paper clamshells)
  • Paper straws


  • Chip, candy and sandwich wrappers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic straws