Queen’s U. Celebrates National Waste Reduction Week

Published on: 2010/10/15 - in Releases

Queen’s is launching a waste and recycling awareness campaign and hosting a Recycle My Cell event to recognize National Waste Reduction Week.

Three posters placed in public spaces throughout the buildings on campus — each with a different message — encourage campus users to rethink their choices and to make an effort to recycle by knowing what’s recyclable and where to recycle it.

A Recycle My Cell event is aimed at making it easier for students, faculty and staff to dispose of their used wireless devices. The Alma Mater Society is setting up a drop-off station in the John Deutsch University Centre from Monday, Oct. 18 to Friday, Oct. 22. The campus community is encouraged to bring their cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, batteries and pagers — regardless of brand or condition for recycling.

The university has joined an item exchange network called Freecycle@Work. This network provides university staff, faculty and students a vehicle for promoting reuse of campus assets. Using this site to exchange unwanted items saves money, ensures less waste goes to landfill and supports our campus culture of sustainability. People who are interested can sign up right now on-line.

Waste reduction is an extremely important part of daily activities. There are many reasons why Queen’s has made a commitment to reducing the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

As well as being legislated to reduce our waste, we are more importantly concerned about protecting the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cutting down on overconsumption and making more efficient and prolonged use of goods. The success of the university’s waste reduction initiatives, however, relies on the cooperation and participation of the campus community.

Join the Sustainability Office in recognizing Waste Reduction Week. Do your part by:

• Investigating current campus waste reduction strategies on the Waste & Recycling website
• Set up a green team of diverse staff for investigating, documenting and motivating change in your office.
• Check your office and/or buildings you frequent for adequate and accessible waste and recycling containers.
• Cut down on paper use by networking computers and sharing files electronically.
• Use e-mail and voice-mail.
• Buy paper products with post-consumer recycled content.
• Do double-sided photocopying and encourage staff to use one-sided paper for scrap paper notepads.
• Recycle office paper and corrugated containers.
• Give old paper stock to schools, community groups and non-profit organizations.
• Recycle laser printer toner cartridges and copier machine developer.
• Bring a reusable mug or refillable bottle.
• Pack a waste free lunch.
• Use Freecycle@work to reuse university assets.


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