WCC’s Recycle Operations Department works with students, staff and faculty to reduce daily environmental impacts by minimizing the amount of waste produced and sent to landfill.
WCC’s waste and resource management practices are governed by the principles set out in the Waste Hierarchy. The highest priority of the Waste Hierarchy, as detailed below, is waste prevention. Avoiding or reducing waste (even if it is reusable or recyclable) is WCC’s first goal.
More information on waste prevention strategies at WCC can be found here.
Recycle stations are located across campus inside in all classrooms, offices and public areas, and outside in high traffic areas. There is standardized signage across campus.
Outdoor stations consist of two bins. The green recycle bin on the left of each unit is for cans and bottles. Any can or bottle made of glass, plastic or metal can be recycled if placed in this container. Please do not place single use coffee cups, dirty smoothie cups or fast food packaging in this bin. Everything that is not a bottle or can should go in the ‘landfill’ bin on the right. More information on outdoor recycling can be found here.
- Plastic bottles and containers #1-7 – such as drink bottles, sushi trays, yogurt pots, etc. rinse food containers well.
- Tin and aluminum cans and lids – rinse food containers well. Empty aerosol cans are OK.
- Glass – bottles, and jars rinsed well
- Newspaper and junk mail mix, glossy inserts
- Magazines, catalogues, paperback and phone books
- Office paper, note paper, envelopes
- Paper bags
- Cereal boxes, and boxboard boxes and sleeves
Corrugated cardboard boxes too large for the bins should be set out for custodial services to collect.
Tissue paper, paper towels, kitchen towel, and food contaminated paper (covered in ketchup) fast food containers are NOT recyclable.
Chip bags and similar products are NOT recyclable.
Other Recyclable Items
Recycling services are also provided for the following materials generated onsite at WCC.
All types of batteries can be recycled. If you work in a area that generates a large number of batteries please contact the Recycle Department about the provision of a collection container. More information is available here.
WCC is committed to recycling all e-waste generated onsite via a R2 certified vendor. Collection bins for e-waste are located in high volume locations. All e-waste should first clear the Property Disposition process before being cleared for recycling.
Please use reusable bags wherever possible. Packaging material from deliveries can be recycled. Material should be clean, separated by type, bagged or boxed and left beside a recycle bin for a custodial team member. Packaging materials that can be recycled include
- Plastic Grocery Bags
- Clean Plastic Film and Wrap
- Hard Styrofoam
- Packing Peanuts
WCC has two vermicomposting beds. WCC composts coffee grounds and filters, egg shells, tea bags, and fruits and vegetables in it’s worm pits. The castings produced by the worms support the WTMC Core Garden. Learn more here.
Food waste collection is currently available to food service providers and departmental breakrooms throughout the campus. If your department is interested in having a Compost Bin in your area please submit a FAMIS service request or contact the Recycle Manager at #5312.
WCC’s Waste and Resources Report FY2019 Data
- Total Discarded Material (all Waste and Recycling) 996,746 lbs
- Total Landfilled 451,720 lbs
- Total Diverted through Composting 20,329 lbs
- Total Diverted through Recycling 454,555 lbs
- Cooking Oil 1320 lbs
- Metal 262,571 lbs
- Mixed Plastics 8989.3 lbs
- Hard Plastics 3152.8 lbs
- Corrugated Cardboard 71,713 lbs
- Office Paper 71,896 lbs
- E-Waste 9,677.2 lbs
- Batteries 596 lbs
- Packaging Materials 1874.82 lbs
- Glass 3245.1 lbs
- Pallets and Wood 19,520 lbs
- Total Diverted through Reuse 65,752 lbs
- Total Universal Waste Recycled 4390 lbs
- Total Diverted from Landfill 545,026 lbs
- FY2019 Diversion rate 55%
Recycling Operations Manager