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 per cent of our waste from landfills by 2020. 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