Desk-side trash bins will be replaced by mini bins
Concordia is transitioning to an entirely low-waste office model. This means that standard desk-side trash bins are being replaced by mini-bins which users sort out into landfill, compost and recycling at centralized waste sorting areas. This saves a remarkable amount of recyclabe and compostable waste from landfill!
Here's how it works
Compost bins will be added to kitchenettes
Recycling bins will remain unaffected
Your Mini Bin
Use your mini bin to carry waste from your office to your kitchenette or commwhere you can sort waste into the appropriate containers. Please note - cleaners will not empty mini bins!
Your office kitchenette compost bin will be emptied more often than your office's trash so there is no risk of odors or fruit flies.
Using the compost bin is as easy as using a trash bin. Not sure what goes in the compost? You’ll find that most items are compostable or recyclable. Learn more about what goes in compost!
Big waste reduction
This project has already had a huge impact on Concordia's waste diversion!
80% of office waste diverted from landfills!
Doubled compost collection since '15-'16.
Progress so far
Here's how we've done so far!
165 new kitchenettes & common areas have compost
2,600 trash bins replaced by mini bins
Need more info?
Read on for frequently asked questions or get in touch if you can't find the answer to your question!
For inquiries about waste collection, contact email@example.com
For general inquiries on the project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We need enthusiastic volunteers to help make the transition smooth! You can also help us implement other waste reduction initiatives in your office.
Concordia is targeting food-generating locations for compost bins. If there are any locations you believe generate enough organics to warrant compost collection, please contact email@example.com.
We're counting on you to keep your mini bin clean and odor-free. Use your kitchenette sink to wash your mini bin. And make sure to empty your bin before going on vacation!
While at your desk, place any trash, organics, or plastic/glass/metal waste to be disposed of in your mini bin. When you make your next trip to the kitchenette, you can empty your mini bin sorting items into the right bins. You are not required to use your mini bin - it is simply provided as a courtesy to make transport of waste to the nearest waste station easier. You are welcome to use your own bin(s) to collect and sort your waste.
Only desk-side trashes will be removed. Trash bins in kitchenettes and those that are part of other waste stations will remain.
Compost bins will be emptied from kitchenettes more often than your trash, ensuring there is no risk of odors or fruit flies.
Visit our reducing and discarding waste resources page to get helpful posters for your space! [ADD LINK WHEN THE PAGE IS CREATED]
The pilot project was conducted in the GM building on 3 floors in April 2014. Removing trash bins from desksides and adding compost bins to the kitchenettes in those office spaces resulted in a diversion of 80% of waste from landfill to compost and recycling.