Student Move Out Waste Program
Laurier Move-Out 2017
Moving out in April? Don't leave your stuff on the curb! The Move-Out Waste Program allows students to drop off their unwanted items to be donated or responsibly recycled.
This year's event:
When - April Monday 17 to Saturday 22 (12 noon to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday)
Where - Parking Lot A3, between Alumni Feild and the Athletics Complex
- Clothing and textiles
- small appliances and household items
- non-perishable food
- e-waste and technology
Saturday, April 22 will feature a move-out fair with a board game cafe, documentary screenings, a BBQ, repair workshop and more!
Laurier Move-Out 2016
In 2016 Laurier convened a partnership of community stakeholders to collectively address the issue of curbside waste accumulation during annual student move out at the end of April. The partnership includes recycling partners, reward partners, and community partners. Through this program, students now have an option for their items that provides a positive impact.
The 2016 move-out program collected an estimated 4,000lbs of clothing, non-perishable food, e-waste and textbooks and two shipping containers full of furniture and household items!
- The Foodbank of Waterloo Region
- Tech Wreckers
- Textbooks For Change
- Wilf's Restaurant and Bar
- Fiddlehead's Smoothie Bar Cafe
- Abe Erb Restaurant
- Settlement Co. Cafe
- Residence Move Out
The Student Move Out Waste Program wouldn't be possible without the support of our community partners: The City of Waterloo, The Region of Waterloo, and Waste Management.
History of the Program
The Student Move Out Waste Program got its start in 2015 as a pilot program in our Waterloo campus residences. The program was planned and coordinated by Laurier's First-Year Leadership Program Sustainability Council and collected the following:
- 244 items of clothing
- 1,190 lbs of non-perishable food
- 84 textbooks
- 40 items of e-waste (including seven TVs and four microwaves)
Learning from our experience in residence in 2015 and expansion to off-campus housing in 2016, we now look to expanding the program to our Brantford campus in 2017. Stay tuned for program updates.
Organic Composting Centres
All Laurier food areas at the Waterloo and Kitchener campuses (and many non-food areas!) have public area composting centres, which are a part of the recycling centres. Additionally, department areas are being outfitted with recycling and organics centres.
What Goes in the Bin?
- greasy pizza boxes
- laurier take-out containers
- Tim Horton’s cups (no lids)
- napkins, paper towels, tissues
- tea bags, coffee grinds and filters
- fruits and vegetables
- dairy and baked goods
- bread, pasta, grains, rice
- meat waste, including bones
- damp and soiled newspaper
- paper bags, plates, cups
- eggs and egg shells
- sugar bags
- shredder paper
- microwave popcorn bags
What Doesn't Go in the Bin?
- plastics of any kind
- waxed paper
- grease and other liquids
- personal hygiene products
- condiment packages
- chewing gum
Note: We currently have outdoor ogranics collection at the Dining Hall, FNCC, 200 King St. Residence, Science Research Building, 120 Duke St., 202 Regina St., Athletic Complex, Schlegel Building, the Library, and Bricker Academic Building.
E-Waste is the fastest growing waste in NA and it does not decompose. Heavy metals and plastic leach into the ground and contaminate our ground water. The Physical Resources dept will pick up your e-waste and dispose of it properly through our partnership with Greentec. The money raised is used to subsidize our fluorescents disposal costs and is also donated to The Nature Conservancy. To place a work order, please fill out an IService request or fill out a Surplus Disposal form on the Physical Resources website. There is a drop-off location for e-waste items at 202 Regina St. loading dock.
Approved E-Waste Items:
Monitors, towers, keyboards, laptops & computers, scanners, printers, computer mice, TVs, and fax machines.
Unapproved E-Waste Items:
Microwaves, photocopiers, movies, and LCD projectors.
Recycle Your Cell
Laurier Sustainability has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) of Canada to responsibly recycle old cellphones on our Brantford and Waterloo campuses.
Why is This Important?
Cell phones contain valuable minerals, including gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum (coltan). Control over the mining of these minerals is fueling a civil war that has killed more than five million people, and is destroying chimpanzee habitat. Canadians create demand for these minerals by frequently upgrading their cell phones. As consumers, we can make a big difference by recycling our phones and reducing the demand for minerals.
What Can You Do?
- Collect your old cellphones and bring them to campus.
- Instagram a #JGIcellphie of you and your old phone.
- Drop off your old phone in the collection box at the U-Desk (Waterloo: first floor, Fred Nichols Campus Centre; Brantford: second Floor, Student Centre).
What Happens to Your Phone?
Reusable phones are refurbished and redistributed in developing markets. Some of these phones are donated to hospitals in North America for patients who need access to emergency 911 calls. Phones, batteries and accessories that are not reusable are broken down and recycled according to the highest industry standards.
Batteries can be dropped off at the following Waterloo campus locations:
- Faculty of Science Room N1048
- ITS Room BA313C
- Accessible Learning Room 1C11
- Library Admin Room L2-213
Batteries can be dropped off at the following Brantford campus locations:
- ITS - RAC East RCE110
- Service Laurier - Grand River Hall GRH202
- Physical Resources - SC Johnson SCJ112
Most types of batteries are accepted for recycling, however, Lithium (Li) batteries must have their terminals taped prior to depositing into the bin. Batteries generated from workplace activities are accepted - household waste cannot be accepted.
Computer Reuse Program
In an informal manner, the Faculty of Education and ITS has partnered to repair and refresh older laptops (after wiping the disks of all data) and sends them on to Haiti for use in the school system there.