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Going GreenConestoga College is committed to taking action in responsible management of waste. Focusing on the hierarchy of the 3R’s; reducing, reusing, recycling brings us closer to reaching our sustainability goals to reduce our negative impacts on our built and natural environment.

As the College continues to grow, so does its waste footprint. But with diligent effort by all we can reduce our individual contribution; the average Canadian produces 777kg of waste per year, which is one of the highest ranked spots according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

In 2013, the average individuals’ waste footprint at the college amounted to about 24 kg over the year. We have a goal of reaching the 60% diversion rate established by the Ministry of the Environment, and we aim to do this by applying the following: Continued monitoring and adaptation of the diversion programs in place, ongoing education and promotion of these programs, along with commitment to ongoing research into waste reduction practices.
Knowing which materials can be diverted, and where to find the appropriate waste stream bins are the first step you can take to help us reach our goal. We provide sorting bins throughout the college to help you sort as much of your waste and reduce our contribution to the landfill.

The current waste diversion streams available to all at the College are: Recycle

  1. Bottles and Containers Recycling: Plastic/Glass/Metal
  2. Paper Recycling
  3. Organic composting
  4. Battery Recycling(LRC, CSI Self Serve)
  5. Small Electronics Recycling (cell phones, inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players (LRC, CSI Self Serve)

A list of Acceptable and Not-Acceptable items in each of these streams, as well as locations and types of collection bins available throughout the college can be found here:

Bottles and Containers Recycling


  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Unbroken glass of any color
  • Plastic bottles and containers with a number 1-5
  • and 6 rigid containers and lids only

Not Acceptable

  • Styrofoam
  • Bags
  • Plastic packaging or wrapping
  • Plastic with a number 7

Paper Recycling


  • White/colored paper
  • White/colored envelopes with windows
  • Booklets/manuals
  • Fax/telex copy paper
  • Greeting cards
  • Adding machine tape
  • Post-It notes
  • Soft covered books with white pages
  • Manila folders
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Telephone directories
  • Brown/golden kraft envelopes

Not Acceptable

  • Paper with food waste on it
  • Pizza boxes
  • Lunch bags
  • Coffee cups
  • Cellophane (candy wrappers)
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Carbon paper

Organic Composting


  • All food scraps
  • Coffee cups (paper, no lids)
  • Cotton balls
  • Facial tissues
  • Nut shells
  • Paper napkins
  • Sugar and sweetener packets
  • tea bags (except Lipton pyramid tea bags)
  • Tissues
  • Toothpicks (wood)
  • Food soiled paper (bags, plates)

Not Acceptable

  • Plastic of any kind
  • Paper that can be recycled instead
  • Glass
  • Metal

The college provides internal diversion programs for:

  1. OCC
  2. E-waste
  3. Ink Toner and Cartridges
  4. CFL Light bulbs
  5. Confidential Paper
  6. Post-consumer Kitchen Grease
  7. Wood Pallets
  8. Hazardous Oil
  9. Power tool batteries
  1. Construction Material
  2. Sawdust
  3. Wood Scrap
  4. Steel/Metal Scrap
  5. Books
  6. Furniture
  7. Donations of all useable products such as machinery and equipment, refurbished PC's, etc.

Additional student accessible collection programs are:

Stacked Bins in the Classrooms and Labs Hallway Bins Cafeteria Bins
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