Acadia has an advanced waste management system in place to divert a significant amount of waste from landfills in Nova Scotia each year. On average the diversion rate on campus is between 70-80%. The University has been recognized with several waste management awards, including the Institute of the Year Award by RRFB Nova Scotia in 2004.
Physical Plant Services is responsible for managing waste on campus. The Acadia Sustainability Office coordinates campus education and engagment programs and provides assistance to improve institutional performance. All members of the Acadia community have a role to play in managing waste responsibly. Please help us improve our performance by sorting waste correctly and reducing waste generated at Acadia.
Acadia's waste management system is comprised of four primary streams: paper, organics, recyclables/refundables, and garbage. Secondary streams, such as hazardous waste, batteries and e-waste are also collected. For more information refer to the supporting documents and links below.
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The Acadia Sustainability Office frequently receives questions about a variety of waste items on campus. Here are answers to some of the most common inquiries:
Where do I recycle lightbulbs?
CFL bulbs are disposed of in Hazardous Waste due to the small amount of mercury contained in the bulbs. LED and Incandescent bulbs are disposed of in Garbage.
Are coffee cups recyclable?
Cups with the Biodegradable Products Institute certified compostable logo as shown here can be disposed of in Organics. Cups from the K.C. Irving Centre Cafe and Perkins' are compostable. Some materials in Tim Horton's cups can be recycled, however they must be collected in-store. In all other locations they are disposed of in Garbage. All other cups are disposed of in garbage.
Can I recycle styrofoam?
Meat trays, egg cartons, cups and packing materials can now be included in Recyclables.
Are there environmentally-friendly options for food service disposables?
We encourage everyone to use reusable food service ware as much as possible to reduce waste generated on campus. However, for those rare occasions when you may need disposables there are some options. Royal Chinet plates are certified compostable and are available locally. Bare cups, which are also certified compostable, are now stocked at the Union Market in the Student’s Centre. There are other products on the market, but to be included in the organics stream on campus food service products must be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute and will have a version of the logo shown above. Please note that although they are accepted on campus they are not necessarily accepted in all organics streams in the province.
Electronic items contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium and are banned from landfills in Nova Scotia. The Acadia Electronics Waste Program was created in 2009 to divert end of life electronic equipment such as computers, phones and televisions from local landfills. Waste items are diverted to the provincial Electronic Products Recycling Program (EPRA). Any reusable items will be redistributed on campus through the Acadia Surplus Equipment program.
All electronic waste is returned to Technology Services for processing prior to disposal.To dispose of Acadia owned electronic waste submit a work order to Physical Plant Services for an e-waste pick up or drop off the item yourself. Please clearly indicate "e-waste" on the item or box for pick-up or use the Acadia e-waste form. For pick-up contact email@example.com.
For your reference common items accepted for recycling are listed below. Please note that not all items are recyclable in Nova Scotia at this time. For a complete list visit the EPRA Nova Scotia website. http://recyclemyelectronics.ca/ns/
Most electronics such as computers and computer accessories such as keyboards, scanners and printers as well as phones, fax machines and audio/visual equipment such as TVs. These items should all be directed to Technology Services.
Not Recyclable - Garbage
Most electric office equipment or appliances, such as calculators, cash registers, typewriters and microwaves are NOT recyclable. Items such as CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and other devices are also not accepted for recycling. These items are disposed of in garbage. Ensure that data is removed from storage devices prior to disposal. Reusable items can be redistributed through the Acadia Surplus Equipment Program. Contact Physical Plant if you have large items for disposal requiring pick-up.
For more information contact the Sustainability Office or Technology Services.
In 2013 Acadia partnered with Call2Recycle to provide battery recycling services at Acadia. Batteries are collected in numerous locations around campus in designated cardboard containers as shown in the picture. Locations include most department offices on campus as well as central stations in Technology Services, Vaughan Memorial Library and Uhall. Numerous types of batteries are collected in the program.
Batteries under 5Kgs accepted include:
- Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd )
- Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
- Single-use batteries, like alkaline (AA, 9V etc.)
- Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
- Requires bag : Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) and Lithium Primary
- Requires bag: Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb)
- Requires bag: Cell phones (Check with Acadia Telephone Services)
Please Note: Lithium, small sealed lead and cell phone batteries require disposal in bags as per Transport Canada hazardous waste regulations. These are to be sealed in the bags provided or ziplock bags and deposited in the container.
- Contact Physical Plant Services to request a battery recycling box for your department or residence.
- Designate a staff person, usually an administrative assistant, to serve as a department contact for the program. In residences eco-reps are responsble for managing the program.
- Monitor the box occasionally for contaimination, i.e. batteries not bagged or not items not accepted.
- Once boxes are 3/4 full send a request for pick-up/replacement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A replacement box should be provided once the filled box is removed. Contact Physical Plant Services if you do not receive a replacement.
Contact email@example.com for more information on this program or battery recycling in the region.
Acadia Network Copier/Scanner/Printer - Ricoh Canada provides a recycling service for toner cartridges/tubes. They can be shipped at no charge directly to the company by any department at Acadia. Use the box from your replacement toner to ship the empty cartridge(s). Visit http://www.ricoh.ca/en-Ca/About-Ricoh/Environment/Toner-Bottle-and-Cartridge-Recycling.html to print postage paid shipping labels. If you have additional questions contact Ricoh Customer Service at 1-800-267-9469.
Desktop printers - Acadia does not have a collection program for desktop printer toner and ink cartridges at this time. These cartridges should be returned to place of purchase for recycling. Staples in New Minas accepts cartridges. Please note, ink cartridges are NOT accepted in the battery boxes.
At the end of each term books are collected on campus through a partnership with Better World Books. Books are either resold or recycled and a portion of the proceeds are donated to literacy organizations. Collection boxes are located in the SUB in December and April. Visit Better World Books for information about this program or contact Alicia Romkey
Books accepted are listed below:
- Textbooks and Study Guides (clean and legible condition) with copyright dates from the past 10 years
- Workbooks (with no missing pages)
- Basically any book used in a college classroom (highlighting or writing in books is fine so long as the text isn't obscured)
- Accompanying CDs
- Fiction and non-fiction books
Please do not drop of books if they are:
- Water Damaged
- Damaged Binding or Pages
- Textbooks over 10 years old
Some books not accepted by Better World Books can be recycled on campus.
Hardcover books are accepted in Paper recycling. Remove the hard covers first and dispose of them in the Garbage. Softcover books with covers are accepted in Paper recycling. Magazines can be recycled in Paper also. Dispose of dirty, moldy and water damaged books in Garbage.
Valley Waste Resource Management - Visit Valley Waste Resource Management for more information on waste disposal and recycling in the region.