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Low-Waste Offices - Coming Soon!

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Here's how it works

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Desk-side trash bins will be replaced by mini bins

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Compost bins will be added to kitchenettes

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Recycling bins will remain unaffected

Introducing: your Mini Bin

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Use your mini bin to carry waste from your office to your kitchenette where you can sort waste into the appropriate containers. Please note - cleaners will not empty mini bins!


Frequent collection

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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.

Easy

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.


Big waste reduction

We're expecting this project to make a good dent on Concordia's ecological impact:

115 kitchenettes equipped with compost

2,300 trash bins replaced by mini bins

80% of office waste diverted from landfills!

40 tonnes of organics diverted per year.




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 cleaning@concordia.ca
For general inquiries on the project, contact sustainability@concordia.ca


Help us make this a success!

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We need enthusiastic volunteers to help make the transition smooth! You can also help us implement other waste reduction initiatives in your office.

Sign-up here!


FAQ


Resources

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Pilot Project

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.

See the full report for details.

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