Waste audit promising

University of B.C. Okanagan campus recycling more, trashing less

Students at the University of B.C. Okanagan are recycling more and throwing away fewer coffee cups and paper.

That’s the finding a new waste audit done on the university’s campus recently.

Student volunteers sorted through two days worth of trash from every major building on the UBC Okanagan campus as part of the waste audit.

The audit assesses the amount and types of items being put in the garbage that could otherwise be recycled, refunded or composted.

And UBCO officials say the results from are promising.

The amount of plastics in the recycling continues to increase—up 10 per cent since 2010—and so has the amount of compostable material due to the increase in biodegradable food containers and paper towels being composted.

Al King, UBC’s manager of maintenance and grounds, believes the results are trending in the right direction.

“Our campus continues to improve its waste management efforts,” said King.