Recycling

Recycling

The University of Victoria has a number of different operational programs in place to deal with the recycling of many items.

We use a standard 4-bin recycling station, but some station include up to 5 bins. These stations include the following streams:

Compostable waste

Vic's food waste is picked up by reFuse Resource Recovery and sent to an industrial composting system in Cobble Hill.  This system can take many items that you would normally not put in a backyard composter, for example all meat and dairy products, and paper towels. Here's a list:

Yes

  • All food waste, including meat and dairy products
  • Compostable cutlery and smoothie cups currently used at the SUB
  • Pizza trays
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Tea bags

No

  • Plastic bags labeled "biodegradable"
  • Plastic coffee cup lids
  • Glass
  • Dairy cartons
  • Condiment packages

Clean paper and paper packaging

Yes

  • all office paper
  • magazines and newsprint
  • phone books (small quantities)
  • flattened cardboard boxes

No

  • corrugated cardboard (flatten these and stack them next to the continer
  • paper towels, napkins, and tissues 
  • paper plates
  • coffee cups

Plastic, metal and paper containers

Yes

  • all refundable bottles & cans
  • tin & aluminum
  • paper containers like milk cartons and tetra-paks
  • hard plastics including coffee cup lids and sushi trays
  • coffee cups

We ask that you please rinse all container before recycling them.

No

  • soft plastic bags or straws
  • styrofoam

Non-recycleable landfill waste

Yes

  • chip bags, candy and granola wrappers

No

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • refundable containers
  • batteries
  • Styrofoam
  • soft plastics
  • food waste, paper towels or coffee cups

Glass recycling

Yes

  • Anything made of glass

No

  • Anything not made of glass