Custodial Services is responsible for all janitorial, waste management and recycling services.
The college has recently installed an "Earth-Tub" composting program.
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.
Periodically throughout the year an E-waste recycling company, ( Mandated by the Provincial Stewardship Program and monitored by the Regional District) will setup a regional collection facility on campus. The dates will be publicized and e-waste will be collected from students, staff and the general public.
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.
At Okanagan College we strive to reuse our materials as efficiently as possible.
First, we try to reuse items ourselves, between all of our facilities wherever possible.
If we can't find a new home within our own organization, we utilize the official British Columbia Government Asset Investment Recovery program (AIR) that is responsible for the disposal of surplus assets of the province of British Columbia. AIR determines the most sustainable method of disposal to guarantee that all assets are disposed of in and environmental friendly way. The AIR mission is to establish environmentally and socially responsible management practices and to set the government standard for best management practices in most core operations. Assets that are broken are recycled; assets in good condition are sold in a retail setting or an auction.
The department manages all contracted and in-house cleaners and facilities workers and is responsible for ensure a high standard of cleanliness and safe operation at Okanagan College's properties.
All cleaning products are purchased by the Housekeeping Dept. of Facilities Management. The Manager, Property Services is responsible to ensure that all products fit within the ecologically friendly criteria. Any non-certified products are being replaced and this process is to be completed by 2012.
All newly constructed buildings are built to a minimal LEED certification. All cleaning products used in these buildings are required to be “Greenseal” and/or “EcoLogo” certified.