Recycling on Campus

Zero Waste bins for recycling and waste

Facilities & Operations is committed to taking a Zero Waste approach to reduce the amount of waste created and sent to landfills at the institution. By diverting waste away from the landfill, the university:

  • reduces its greenhouse gas emissions
  • reduces the demand on virgin materials to produce new products
  • avoids contributing to other potentially harmful environmental and social impacts of landfills

How to Recycle

  • UAlberta equipment

    Contact Supply Management Services to coordinate the sale, transfer and disposal of all UAlberta surplus items, such as lab equipment, electronic equipment, furnishings and vehicles.

  • Toner and ink cartridges

    Place your toner or ink cartridge in a bag to prevent leakage, then a box labelled "Toner and Ink Cartridge Recycle-SMS Distribution."


    Place the box in campus mail as you get them. Do not wait until you have accumulated several cartridges. If you don't have access to campus mail, or if you have accumulated several toner or ink cartridges, call Distribution Operations at (780) 492-4122.
  • Batteries

    Contact the Zero Waste Program Coordinator to coordinate proper and safe disposal of all your dry cell batteries.

    You can also recycle your batteries in one of the temporary bins. Click the link below to find a bin location near you.

    Battery recycling bin locations

    * Stay tuned for the upcoming changes to the Dry Cell Battery Disposal Program.

  • Writing instruments

    Did you know you can recycle pens, markers, and highlighters? Simply set up a box in your office, mark it for “Pen Recycling” and mail them to SMS when full.

    Download the poster for your office.

  • Lab plastic recycling

    Recycling in labs can be a complicated task. To make the job easier, we've developed a handy guide for lab users.

    Download one-pager
    Letter: English | French
    Tabloid: English | French

    Download separate posters
    Letter: English | French

  • Building occupant recycling toolkit

    Building occupant or university vendor? We've developed a recycling toolkit to help you get started.

    Download it here!

Waste Diversion

Waste diversion is the process of keeping waste away from landfills through reducing, reusing, recycling, anaerobic digestion, and/or composting.

UAlberta's goal is to divert 90 percent of our waste from landfills. We are getting closer to that goal each day by consistently applying and improving our waste diversion practices.

In partnership with the City of Edmonton, the university has committed to send 750 metric tonnes (750,000 kg) of organics (food scraps and other compostable materials) annually to the City of Edmonton's new high solids anaerobic digestion facility to produce energy and compost. Preventing this organic waste from being landfilled will mitigate approximately 750 tonnes of GHG emissions annually.

Waste Diversion Working Group

Buildings, Grounds and Environmental Services chairs the Waste Diversion Working Group. This group takes a zero waste approach to manage the university's solid waste-it finds ways to reduce waste and/or to divert it from landfills, and finds opportunities to connect with faculties and researchers within the university.

For more information about the Waste Diversion Working Group, please see its Terms of Reference.