Where is Waste Created on Campus?

Friday, February 17, 2012

If you have ever wondered where all the waste comes form on campus (who am I kidding, I am sure you probably haven't) ask no longer, the answer is essentially the UCU.

Our long awaited Campus Sustainability Annual Report is ready to be posted, the final details are just being ironed out. A couple of months ago I said that I would keep you posted about the development of this year's report. We took a new approach this time and crammed out report full of interesting infographics for your visual consumption.

Today I would like to highlight one of our waste infographics? This graphic actually tells us a lot about the production of waste on campus. First, let me say that the information represented here focuses mainly on the typical commercial waste on campus (the kind of things you would find in recycling centres and small garbage bins - not things like refrigerators or large pieces of furniture). Each square corresponds to the quantity of waste collected from these buildings in the month of April 2011.

The most surprising thing is that over half of the waste produced on campus comes from only 4 buildings; the University Centre, the 90 Residence Complex, Roger Guidon, and D'Iorio. This makes sense....
The UCU has the cafeteria, the Rez Complex has thousands of people living there 24/7, Roger Guidon is a hospital, and D'Iorio has the science store.

The graphic also confirms something that we always suspected, people in residence contribute disproportionately to the amount of waste generated on campus. This also makes sense since they spend approximately 10 times more time on campus than your typical student does (8% of the student body generates 21% of the waste).

So what are we going to do with this information? Stay tuned...
And if you are interested in seeing a copy of the annual report, we will be releasing it on our website in the coming days. The report is pretty big so I will also keep releasing pieces of it on the blog.

~ jon - campus sustainability manager
photo credit - jonathan rausseo

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