Reducing waste on campus helps us lower our environmental impact. Benefits include lower GHG emissions, less plastic pollution, less waste to landfill, cost savings and less use of natural resources.
Waste is also one of the more visible dimensions of sustainability, making it a major concern to students, employees and the community.
Mohawk is addressing waste across campus operations through collaboration, behaviour change programs, and reduction and recycling initiatives.
Continuation of the Single Use Plastics Policy (2013) banning the sale of plastic bags and most bottled water
Continuation and expansion of water bottle refill stations
New centralized waste sorting stations at Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses
Continuation of electronic waste recycling program
Introduction of PaperCut™ software to reduce paper waste
Partnering with Chartwells to replace foodservice packaging with recyclable and compostable materials
Waste outreach program, anchored by Waste Reduction Week
diversion of waste from landfills in 2019
pounds of electronic waste diverted since 2012
plastic bottles saved from use of water refill stations since 2016
plastic bags saved through campus-wide ban since 2013
Centralized Waste Stations
New centralized waste stations were opened at the Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses in 2019, creating a single collection point for waste in the cafeterias. The new stations place a greater emphasis on sorting and provide organics bins and rinsing stations to help reduce contamination in the recycling streams. The opening of the stations was coupled with an education program and the introduction of new compostable packaging in the cafeterias.