Our periodic trash audits have identified some key items which dominate our waste stream, most notably:
Our on-site coffee vendors offer price breaks for re-fillable containers. All campus have been outfitted with water bottle refill stations to help encourage the re-use of personal water bottles.
The College has an "Earth-Tub" composting program where grass clippings are collected from the landscaping department, sawdust from the carpentry shops and food waste (fruit and vegetable scraps) from the Culinary Arts teaching kitchens.
Approx. 250-pounds of food scraps per week are diverted from the landfill and converted into compost at a nearby garden centre. These are all blended in the on-site “Earth Tub” and the compost produced is then used on the College grounds. Large prunings are transported to the municipal composting facility for processing.
Okanagan College has been recycling all e-waste since 2003. All E-waste is collected from all departments by facilities staff. It is then shipped to Tech Cominco’s Trail smelting operation. It is crushed and fed into #5 blast furnace. All precious metals are recovered. All emissions are cleaned through a scrubber before being exhausted to atmosphere.
The College is an active member of the Recycling Council of British Columbia. We receive monthly bulletins/updates on all current & reputable member companies that participate within the provincial stewardship programs.
Materials Exchange Program
Okanagan College strives to reuse materials as efficiently as possible, starting with reusing items by distributing them between the facilities wherever possible.
Battery and Cell Phone Recycling
The heavy metals and other pollutants present in most batteries and cell-phones are toxic and if not managed properly, tend to make their way back into our watersheds and food supplies.