Waste management

Since the early 1970s, the University of Alberta has been working to reduce the amount of waste we generate. What began as a simple cardboard and paper recycling program has grown into a leading-edge approach to recycling. We have installed top-of-the-line recycling infrastructure, and have found innovative ways to divert waste from landfills.

Recycling Infrastructure

From the award-winning Recycle Transfer Station to organics and trash compactors, the university has the systems and equipment to reduce and divert waste efficiently and effectively. Learn more about our recycling infrastructure.

Organic Waste

Composting Program

More than half the university’s waste is compostable. Pre-consumer organic waste including food scraps and coffee is collected from kitchens and food service operations across the university. This program includes franchises and private businesses in HUB Mall. On the post-consumer side, organic waste is collected in all Zero Waste buildings, including all major cafeterias.

High Solids Anaerobic Digestion Facility

The university has partnered with the City of Edmonton to build a High Solids Anaerobic Digestion Facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Each year this facility will convert about 40,000 tonnes of organic waste into compost. The university will contribute about 1,500 tonnes of organic waste annually.

Materials Management

When maintaining university buildings and grounds, Facilities and Operations incorporates waste diversion practices. Learn how Facilities and Operations manages material on campus.