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Low-Waste Offices

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 recyclable and compostable waste from landfill!

Low Waste Office

Here's how it works


Desk-side trash bins will be replaced by mini bins


Compost bins will be added to kitchenettes


Recycling bins will remain unaffected

Your Mini Bin

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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!

Frequent collection


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
For general inquiries on the project, contact

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!



Visit our reducing and discarding waste resources page to get helpful posters for your space! [ADD LINK WHEN THE PAGE IS CREATED]

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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