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Follow the 3 Rs: always aim to Reduce and Reuse before Recycling. If you can avoid making waste, you won’t have to worry about throwing it away.

You Can Make a Difference! 

Here are a few suggestions of how your actions can have a positive impact:

  • Share information electronically
  • Read the newspaper and online
  • Only print what is necessary
  • Decline excess packaging, including plastic bags
  • Purchase items in bulk
  • Say no to junk mail and over circulated publications – Contact the Canadian Direct Marketing Association and ask to have your name deleted from their mailing list
  • Use hand dryers, when provided, rather than paper towels
  • Double-side any printing and re-use paper before recycling
  • Carry a reusable bag for any shopping
  • Bring a reusable mug – Check out our Lug-a-Mug program for great discounts!
  • Patronize establishments that use china and cutlery, such as: Michelangelo’s, the Grad Lounge, the Absinthe, the Underground, Mangia Mangia Italian Eatery, Falafel Hut Village, Second Cup, or the Executive Dining Room 
  • Sign up for reusable takeout containers through the Eco-Takeout program at Complex 1 & 2 Cafeterias
  • Carry a reusable set of cutlery with you
  • Donate used clothing and other items to a reuse centre – Oasis Clothing Bank drop boxes are located at 2 Passy Crescent Residence and at Atkinson Residence (see the Waste Diversion Map for locations)
  • Donate plastic shopping bags at the Scott Library for students to use to carry books
  • Purchase used text books when available
  • If it's made of paper, glass, metal, or plastic it's probably recyclable – To know what goes where, check out our Recycling Program
  • Compost Organic Waste by using kitchenette organic waste containers or outdoor organic digesters
  • Properly dispose of any Special, Bulk or Other Recyclable Waste
  • Only put paper towels and tissues in washroom waste bins – They are collected for recycling. Dispose of all other waste in its appropriate container outside of the washroom.

Want to learn more? Check out these Resources:

ZeroWaste Program:

Communal Waste Bins:


Contact the Waste Management Supervisor Lorie Thatcher with any specific questions or requests at (416)736-2100 x 77526.


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