Sort-It-Out stations

Outdoor Sort It Out stations allow for easy composting
The Sort-It-Out stations allow for convenient recycling and composting.

In 2019, Facilities Management expanded the waste diversion program by installing new outdoor Sort-It-Out Stations in high-traffic pedestrian areas. The program expands on the indoor Sort-It-Stations, which are found in every building across campus and include more options for recycling than the outdoor stations. 

These indoor and outdoor stations make it more convenient to recycle and compost no matter where you are on campus, and will help the university meet its waste diversion goal of 82% by 2021.

Use the accordian below to understand our collection streams. 


Composting is available at both the indoor and outdoor Sort-It-Out Stations. These bins can be identified by their green bin signs. UVic's compost bins accept all: 

  • Food waste, including meat and dairy products;
  • Tea bags;  
  • Paper napkins and plates; 
  • Wooden chopsticks and stir sticks; 
  • Compostable take-out containers used on campus;
  • Pizza trays; and, 
  • Paper towels. 

These bins cannot accept: 

  • Plastic bags labeled "biodegradable"; 
  • Plastic coffee cup lids;
  • Glass; 
  • Dairy cartons; and,
  • Condiment packages. 

Composting paper towels 

In addition, we've designated the bins in the washrooms as paper towel only. Since paper towels are compostable, this allows us to diver this waste stream from the landfill. It is important that these paper towel bins do not get contaminated with 'general garbage'.

Plastic, metal and paper containers recycling

Both the outdoor and indoor Sort-It-Out Stations accept recycling for plastic, metal and paper containers. These bins can be identified by their orange bin signs. UVic's plastic, metal, and paper container recycling bins accept: 

  • All refundable bottles and cans; 
  • Tin and aluminum; 
  • Paper containers like milk cartons and tetra-paks; 
  • Hard plastics including coffee cup lids and sushi trays; and, 
  • Coffee cups. 

Please rinse all containers before recycling them. These bins cannot accept soft plastic bags, straws or styrofoam. 

Clean paper and paper packaging recycling

Clean paper and paper packaging are accepted at the indoor Sort-It-Out stations. These bins can be identified by their blue bin signs. UVic's paper and paper packaging recycling bins accept: 

  • All office paper; 
  • Magazines and newsprint;
  • Phone books (small quantities); and, 
  • Flattened cardboard boxes. 

These bins cannot accept: 

  • Coorugated cardboard (flatten these and stack next to the container); 
  • Paper towels, napkins, and tissues; 
  • Paper plates; and, 
  • Coffee cups.


Glass recycling

Glass recycling is accepted at select indoor Sort-It-Out stations. These bins can be identified by their yellow bin signs. UVic's glass recycling bins accept: 

  • Anything made of glass.


Non-recyclable landfill waste

While we strive to achieve a zero-waste campus, we understand that some items are not recyclable. Landfill waste bins are available at all indoor and outdoor Sort-It-Out stations. These can be identified by the black bin signs. Accepted items include: chip bags, candy and granola wrappers. Please do not place recyclable items in to these bins.

Waste FAQs

If we see garbage accumulating on campus, what should we do?

If garbage is seen accumulating on campus, we encourage you to notify facilities management at

I would like a sort it out station installed closer to my building. Who do I contact?

Every building on campus is equipped with several waste stations. These stations include more options for recycling than the sort it out stations, which are being made available in central high-traffic pedestrian areas across campus. 

The outdoor sort it out stations will enable effective recycling in the high-traffic pedestrian areas, and the indoor stations will continue to enable recycling for other areas. If you believe that there is another central high-traffic pedestrian area, you can email this information to

What is our current diversion rate?

We achieved our 2019 waste diversion goal of 75%. In 2020 we set the new goal to achieve a waste diversion rate of 82% by 2021.

However, waste diversion is not our only priority, we are seeking opportunities to reduce the overall waste per campus user by 2021, relative to our 2010 baseline data. 

Where does our waste and recycling go?

Our recycling ends up in a number of markets.

Our mixed paper ends up in the IP Norpac plant in Washington, the Harmon plants across North America and the CKF Fibre plants here in Canada among others. Recycling products produced include Gyproc paper, cardboard liners and boxboard products.

Our plastic containers end up at Merlin Plastics and West Coast Plastics in the lower mainland as well as some Asian markets (including China).  The recycled products produced include detergent bottles, shipping pallets and plastic lumber.

Our aluminum cans end up at Schnitzer Steel Pacific here in BC. The recycled products produced include new drink cans, foil wrapping and foil containers.