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Campus Cleanup

York University strives to create a physical environment that is organized, welcoming, and well suited to the needs of our students and faculty, an environment that is conducive to learning and creates the best experience possible.

Keep It Clean!

To help raise the profile of litter prevention efforts and make a difference in keeping York University clean and beautiful, the Campus Cleanup program, established in 2006, encourages the community to get involved in litter-prevention in classrooms, lecture halls and on the campus grounds.


What Can You Do?

In Your Classroom and Study Areas

  • Keep your study area clean. Pick up your garbage when leaving your classrooms, lecture halls and study areas.
  • In with the old. Reuse binders and notebooks with leftover paper. Print on both sides of printer and copier paper. Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others.
  • Bring a lunch. You can avoid the paper mess of the fast food restaurants if you bring your own homemade lunch from home in reusable containers.
  • Use a reusable water bottle to avoid the one-time usage paper cups.
  • Take personal responsibility for your own garbage and encourage others to do the same.
  • Recycle, Reduce, Reuse. Reuse grocery and plastic bags (for lunch sacks, etc.), and take unwanted, reusable items to a thrift store.
  • Start spreading the news about litter prevention.
  • Set an example by putting your trash where it belongs.
  • Change your attitude toward garbage. Recycle when you can, and don't litter! Pick up trash you see lying around and put it where it belongs.

In Your Office

  • Let us know. If you feel the frequency or quality of service you are receiving is not up to established standard, please let us know. All enquiries will be followed up.
  • Reduce Clutter. Items left on office floors such as cardboard boxes and other paper items make it hard to clean effectively. Try to store these items on shelving. Where possible, tie computer and phone lines up off the floor. This makes it much easier for cleaners to clean under desks and tables.
  • Disposal of Food Waste. Any food waste left in them has the potential to produce odors and attract pests. If you eat lunch at your desk please consider depositing your food waste in a larger waste container or depositing it in an outdoor food waste digester (See Grounds Section for locations).

On the Grounds

  • Keep a litterbag in your vehicle, and use it.
  • Take personal responsibility for your own garbage and encourage others to do the same.
  • Set an example by putting your trash where it belongs.
  • Change your attitude toward garbage. Recycle when you can, and don't litter! Pick up trash you see lying around and put it where it belongs.

Why Get Involved

  • Keeping your study area clean will provide a better learning environment.
  • Because cleaning up our campus costs time and money.
  • A clean and beautiful campus depends on the pride of the community. A clean and beautiful campus enables us to live, learn, work and socialize in well maintained, safe and pleasant surroundings.
  • Litter is an eyesore.
  • Litter can harm animals. They can get caught in plastic six-pack rings or choke on virtually anything not properly contained in a trash receptacle, such as gum or cigarette butts.

Your help makes a difference!

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