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Waste Reduction

Our office has worked hard to implement waste reduction programs to allow you to have an easier time being sustainable on campus influenced by the 5Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rot and Recycle

Here are some waste management and reduction initiatives that you can take note of around Laurier:

Waste Sorting and Recycling on Campus

At Laurier, to simplify the waste sorting process, we offer commingled recycling, meaning all recyclable materials are mixed in the same bin, collected and then sorted at a separate location. Laurier uses a combination of sorting stations and moloks on campus to maximize efficiency.

Each building on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses are equipped with waste sorting stations to sort recyclables, organics, and landfill (garbage). The campus grounds are also equipped with moloks – larger installations which are 60% underground to minimize smell, improve aesthetic, and reduce emissions from waste haulers.

What Goes Where?

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine what goes where, with many students coming from other cities that have differing waste sorting rules. The Region of Waterloo and the City of Brantford both offer resources to help you make the right decision and prevent contamination.

Some waste is not fit to enter the main sorting options and requires specialized disposal such as e-waste and batteries.


You can do your part in diverting e-waste from landfills by properly disposing them once they've reached end-of-life. 

Drop-Off Locations

Waterloo campus drop-off locations: 

  • 230 Regina Street, Distribution Services area
  • 202 Regina Street, rear loading dock
  • Waterloo Freestore, Special Constables Services building, K002
  • Convenience bin located in the concourse 

Brantford campus drop-off location: 

  • E-waste bin in ICT, RAC East RCE110

Accepted E-Waste

E-waste accepted include: computers, data switches, hard drives, laptops, media tapes, monitors, printers, print cartridges, and servers.

Battery Recycling

Don't throw your batteries in the garbage. Recycle them instead! When batteries end up in landfills, toxic materials can enter the waste stream and harm the environment. 

We've made it easy for you by offering several locations on campus where you can recycle your batteries.  

Waterloo campus:

  • 81 Lodge Street, Facilities Operations
  • 230 Regina Street, Distribution Services area
  • Waterloo Freestore, Special Constables Services building, K002
  • Convenience bin located in the concourse
  • Faculty of Science, Room N1054
  • Faculty of Education, Room BA313C
  • Accessible Learning, Room 1C11
  • Library Admin, Room L2-213

Brantford campus: 

  • ICT, RAC East RCE110
  • Service Laurier, Grand River Hall GRH202
  • Facilities and Asset Management, SC Johnson SCJ112
  • All business centres have small brown bins for small batteries.