UVic's Waste reduction hub

Over 75% of waste produced everyday at the UVic campus is diverted from the landfill through innovative recycling and composting initiatives. This achievement reflects the hard work and passion of a dedicated campus community.

However, waste diversion is only one part of our strategy, UVic's ultimate goal is to become a zero-waste institution. Our goals in the 2020-2021 Sustainability Action Plan to help us achieve this are: 

  • Goal 1: Increase the waste diversion rate to 82% by Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Goal 2Reduce the total amount of waste produced as measured in kilograms per campus user by 2021, relative to 2010 as the baseline year. 
  • Goal 3: Incorporate waste reduction engagement in the Residence Services resident survey or educational programming. 

Sort-It-Out

In 2019, Facilities Management expanded the waste diversion program by installing outdoor Sort-It-Out stations. These stations complement the indoor Sort-It-Out stations by providing a consolidated area for composting, recycling and waste disposal in both outdoor and indoor locations across campus. For details on these stations and accepted items, click here

UVic Recyclepedia

To help assist in reaching our waste diversion goals, we have launched a Recyclepedia search bar. Type your item into the search bar to determine the correct disposal technique. If you can't find what you are looking for, please email us at action@uvic.ca.  

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ItemCategoriesWaste streamKeywords
Aerosol cansHazardous wasteOccupational Health & Research Safetyspray can, paint can, spray cans, paint cans, chemical sprays, hairsprays, air fresheners
Aluminum cansMetalRecyclepop cans, cans, aluminium cans
A/V equipment ElectronicsRecycleDVD players, CD players, record players, VCR
Batteries - Lithium ionBatteriesRecycleLi-ion battery, rechargeable battery
Batteries - Nickel cadmiumBatteriesRecycleNiCd battery, NiCad battery, rechargeable battery
Batteries - Nickel metal hydride BatteriesRecycleNiMH battery, Ni-MH battery, rechargeable battery
Batteries - Nickel ZincBatteriesRecycleNi-ZN battery
Batteries - single useBatteriesRecycleAlkaline battery, AA battery, AAA battery, batteries, battery
Batteries - rechargeableBatteriesRecyclestorage battery, rechargeable
BooksPaperRecyclebooklet, pamphlet
Boxboard PaperRecyclecereal boxes, cereal box, cartons, cardboard
CardboardCardboardRecycle
CDs & DVDsElectronicsRecyclecompact disc, electronic media, cassette tapes, discs, floppy disc
Cell phoneCell phonesRecyclemobile phone, mobile, cellular device
ChairsFurnitureRecycle
ClothingClothing/textilesCampus free store
Coffee cupBeverage containersRecyclepaper cup, disposable cup, dixie cup
Coffee cup lidPlasticsRecyclelid
Coffee cup sleevePaperRecycle
Coffee makersAppliancesRecycle
Compostable take out containers OrganicsCompostcompostable, take out container, paper container, clamshell
ComputerElectronicsRecycledesktop, hard drives, PCs, notebook computers, tablets, iPad, MAC
Computer mouseElectronicsRecycleMice (electronic)
Condiment packetsPlasticsLandfillplastic packets, ketchup packet, mustard packet, soya sauce packet
Desks FurnitureRecycle
Drink cans Beverage containersRecycle
EnvelopesOffice suppliesRecycle
Fax MachinesElectronicsRecycle
Filing cabinetsFurnitureRecycle
Foam core boardPaperLandfillfoamcore, foam board,
Foil-lined bagsMetalLandfillchip bags, granola bar wrappers, candy wrappers
Food OrganicsCompostorganic waste, food, food waste,food scraps, organics, meat, fruit, vegetables, plants, sushi, salad, wrap, smoothie
FridgesAppliancesRecycleRefrigerator, freezer, freezers, bar fridge
Glass bottleGlassRecyclejuice bottle
Glass jarsGlassRecyclemason jar
Hard drives ElectronicsRecycle
Juice bottle Beverage containersRecycle
Juice boxBeverage containersRecycle
KettlesAppliancesRecycle
KeyboardsElectronicsRecycle
Lab wasteHazardous wasteOccupational Health & Research Safetyhazardous waste, hazwaste
LaptopsElectronicsRecycle
Magazines PaperRecyclenewsletters
MicrowaveAppliancesRecycle
Milk/soy/rice containersBeverage containersRecycle
MircofilmElectronicsLandfill
MonitorsElectronicsRecycle
NewspapersPaperRecycle
Office paperOffice suppliesRecyclePaper folders sheets
Office suppliesOffice suppliesCampus free storebinder, binders, pens, clips, paper, folders, folder, coil, tacks, paperclips, pencil, eraser, scissors
Paper towels/tissueOrganicsCompostpaper towel, paper tissue, tissue paper, kleenex, tissue, soiled paper towel, soiled tissue, soiled kleenex,facial tissue
Plastic bagsPlasticsRecyclet-shirt bags, shopping bags, grocery bags, retail bags
Plastic containers #1PlasticsRecycleplastic bottle, water bottle, pop bottle, PET, polyethylene terephthalate
Plastic containers #2PlasticsRecyclemilk jugs, detergent bottles, oil bottles, HDPE, high-density polyethylene, yogurt tub
Plastic containers #4PlasticsRecycleLDPE, low density polyethylene, squeeze bottles, ketchup bottle, mustard bottle, honey bottles
Plastic containers #5PlasticsRecyclePP, Polypropylene, yogurt tub, tupperware, plastic take-out container
Pop bottleBeverage containersRecycle
PrintersElectronicsRecycle
RadiosElectronicsRecycle
Smoothie cup (SUB)OrganicsCompostsmoothie cup, compostable cup, compostable takeaway cup
Soft plastics PlasticsRecycleplastic bags, ziploc bags, shrinkwrap, overwrap, ziploc
stir stickOrganicsCompostwood, stir, wooden,
Storage cabinetsFurnitureRecycle
Straws PlasticsLandfill
Styrofoam PlasticsRecyclepolystyrene, styrofoam blocks, styrofoam takeout container, styrofoam tray
Tables FurnitureRecycletable
Take out containers (foil)MetalRecycleFoil containers, aluminum take out container, aluminum container
Telephones (corded and cordless)ElectronicsRecycleTelephones, cordless phones, phones, landlines
Tin cans MetalRecyclesoup cans, cans
ToasterAppliancesRecycle
Toaster ovensAppliancesRecycle
tonerElectronicsRecycletoner cartridge, toner, tonner, printer cartridge, printer
Transparencies PlasticsRecycle
VHS tapeElectronicsRecycleTapes, Tape, Video, Cassette, Electronic
Video cameras ElectronicsRecyclecamcorders
Water bottle Beverage containersRecycle