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2021-22 Zero Waste Progress

Discover what Concordia is doing to achieve its 2025 zero waste targets.

VISION FOR 2040

By 2040, Concordia will aim to achieve, through a dynamic, integrated, engaged Zero Waste Concordia Program:

  • 90% diversion of material waste from landfill through compost, recycling, and material reuse

  • 50% reduction of total material waste (per full-time equivalent) through programs that encourage low-waste purchasing and materials reuse 

EXPLORE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO WASTE REDUCTION & DIVERSION

Target

  • Nudge waste reduction and diversion performance beyond best practices and foster an innovative, curriculum, and research-integrated program

Status

  • Ongoing

Efforts supporting this target

Digitizing Waste Program:

  • The zero-waste team is designing a mobile app that uses computer vision to detect waste objects and provide instructions on the most sustainable disposal option at Concordia University 

  • The team is collaborating with a smart waste bin company to embed their system with computer vision to detect items being disposed and provide on-the-spot sorting instructions to campus visitors. In 2021-22, a smart waste bin was installed on the 7th floor of the Hall Building.

  • The zero-waste team is working to embed campus waste bins with fill-level and weight sensors to capture waste flows and develop models to predict waste production at a community scale

  • Students in a computer engineering class (COEN-390) collaborated with Zero-Waste Concordia for their class project to create a waste bin fill-level tracker under the name “G-tracker” with a custom app and an inexpensive sensor 

  • An intern through the Experiential Learning program created a very thorough and insightful report about how digitalization can benefit Concordia's Zero Waste objectives by improving data collection

two students eating at Buzz Cafe on Loyola Campus
  • Concordia Precious Plastics Project (CP3) is an innovation project that addresses the plastic crisis by repurposing Concordia University’s plastic waste for the communities of Montreal

  • The Waste Invaders video game was designed and built by a Concordia student sustainability ambassador. It teaches community members how to sort waste at Concordia 

Calls to action

Related Sustainable Development Goal

Responsible Consumption and Production

UPSTREAM INTERVENTIONS & CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Target

  • Continue to support and expand reuse initiatives and create procurement policies & procedures favoring waste reduction and reuse

Status

  • Ongoing
a box of zucchini

Cano reusable cup program — launched March 14, 2022

Statistics until April 30, 2022:

  • Packaging saved: 149
  • Kilograms of waste avoided: 4.47
  • Active users: 42
  • Kilograms of CO2e saved (gHg): 20.86

Concordia University Centre for Creative Reuse 2021-22 metrics

  • Members: 2735
  • material out: 7,434 kilograms
  • Money saved: $100,000

Efforts supporting this target

Calls to Action

Related Sustainable Development Goal

Responsible Consumption and Production

WASTE MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES

Target

  • Bring waste performance to a competitive level, based on comparison with top performing universities, by continuing to implement best practice initiatives

Status

  • Ongoing

Mask Recycling 2021-2022

  • Total weight of masks recycled: 3,107 kilograms
  • Total number of masks recycled: 250,000

Concordia Community Clean-up

  • Number of community clean-ups organized: 2
  • Total number of volunteers: 50
  • Total number of cigarette butts collected: 8,000

Efforts supporting this target

Calls to Action

Related Sustainable Development Goal

Responsible Consumption and Production


Contact


For questions about the Sustainability Action Plan, contact Cassandra Lamontagne:
cassandra.lamontagne@concordia.ca

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