Recycling & Sanitary Services

Sanitary Services

Facilities and the Office of Campus Sustainability want to create a campus where waste is a thing of the past.


Move towards becoming a zero waste campus - this means achieving a waste diversion rate of 75% by 2017.

(Waste diversion is the percentage of materials we avoided sending to, or “diverted” from, landfills.)

Progress: In 2014-2015, the campus diversion rate was 61%

Contact Recycling & Sanitary Services

  • For service requests, log into Maximo or please call 613-562-5800 ext. 2222 or write to
  • For special requests or inquiries, please call 613-852-9452 or write to
  • For more information on Recycling & Sanitary Services, please contact the Manager, Suzanne Vincent, at 613-562-5800 ext. 6613 or

What to Compost and Recycle:

Things you can compost


Fruits and Vegetables

Meats and Substitutes

Dairy Products

Breads and Cereals

Compostable Containers

Plastic, metal, and glass items to recycle

Plastic, Metal and Glass

Metal drink and preserve cans

Glass bottles and containers

Milk and juice containers

Plastic bottles

Plastic containers

Paper items to recycle

Mixed Paper


Fine paper


Magazines and Books

Clean coffee cups

OTHER: Recycling Miscellaneous Items

Appliances with Freon

  • When you have a fridge, freezer, or air conditioning unit that no longer works, please prepare a work order for the Transport team who will then move the appliance to an easily accessible spot where a certified supplier can extract the Freon and recycle it: we must recycle the Freon to protect the environment.
  • They will provide you with a certificate to confirm the work done: please give this certificate to the Recycling Coordinator.
  • A $50 fee will be applied per appliance for transportation and servicing.


  • You'll find a small white battery-recycling bin near the recycling centres or attached to the counter.


  • Your old books can also be recycled. Simply call 562-5800, extension 2222 to have them picked up.
  • Please note we can only do pickups on campus, so if you live off-campus, you'll have to bring your books here.Textbooks for Change
  • Textbooks for Change is a social enterprise that collects textbooks and sends them to Africa or uses them to support student clubs. And now, Textbooks for Change is at uOttawa! You can find donation boxes all over campus, including one at the Free Store. Consider donating you old textbooks and course packs.


  • Cardboard boxes that are folded and left in the hallway will be picked up by the Housekeeping staff regularly.
  • If you need boxes, call 562-5800, extension 2222; the attendant will tell you where to find cardboard recycling containers; you can then help yourself to what you need.

Construction and Demolition Waste (Employees Only)

  • If you must dispose of any Construction/Demolition materials including but not limited to wood, scrap metals, cement and dry wall simply call 562-5800, extension 2222; they will send someone to collect it for recycling.

Electronic waste

  • If you must dispose of one or more computers please notify the IT support contact in your department to have the computer(s) picked up for recycling.
  • Smaller electronic waste can be left out at recycling centres all across campus.

Furniture Reuse program (Employees only)

  • If you must dispose of furniture, simply call 562-5800, extension 2222; they will send someone to pick it up for recycling.
  • Learn how to use the Furniture Reuse Program.

    Office supplies

    • Useful office supplies or household goods can be sent to the uOttawa Free Store located at 647 King Edward ave. There is a donation box on the front porch accessible at all times.

    Paper towels

    • All brown paper towels are recyclable in washrooms equipped with a recycling bin for paper towels.
    • If you would like to see a bin placed in a washroom near you, call 613.562.5800 extension 3997 to put in your request.


    • Procurement Services and Facilities have teamed up with TerraCycle to create uOttawa’s first pen recycling program. Our goal is to reduce uOttawa’s ecological footprint by diverting our used writing instruments from the waste stream.
    • Getting your office or residence involved couldn’t be easier.
      1. Find an empty cardboard box (the size of a Xerox box).
      2. Print the included poster, stick them on the box and leave the box in a visible location.
      3. When the box is full, dial ext. 2222 to let Physical Resources Service know that it needs to be picked up.
    • If you have writing instruments that no longer work, you can collect them in an envelope and send them to Brigitte Morin 141 Louis-Pasteur pvt through INTRA mail.
    • What products you can recycle
      • All brands of any type of writing instrument—pens, markers, highlighters, mechanical pencils, pencils, etc.! Even though we only receive funds for Sharpie, Uni-ball, Paper Mate and Expo branded items, TerraCycle collects and recycles all writing instruments.
      • For all questions about the pen recycling program email Brigitte Morin, waste diversion coordinator.

    Refrigerators (Employees Only)

    • If you must dispose of a refrigerator, simply call 562-5800, extension 2222; they will send someone to pick it up for recycling.
    • Ottawa residents: please visit the city of Ottawa’s website for more information on how to recycle your refrigerators.

    Shredding (Employees Only)

    • If you have confidential documents you would like shredded, call 562-5800, extension 2222 to have a container delivered; this will save you from having to look for or buy boxes. Your documents will be placed in a safe location. If you like, you can witness the shredding of the documents yourself.

    Wood Pallets

    • At the University of Ottawa, we recycle all used wood pallets.

    Recycling in Residence

    The University of Ottawa Residences do not have the same recycling system as the rest of the campus. Click here for a list of what is permitted in the Residence recycling system.

    Offices and Cleaning

    Public Area + Office Clean-Up Schedule

    • 5 times per week: Washrooms | Main entrances | Hallways | Lecture halls | Main stairwells | Classrooms | Garbage bins in public areas, kitchens and lecture halls
    • 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday): University staff kitchens
    • 2 times per week (Tuesday, Thursday): Conference rooms
    • 1 time per week (Friday): Laboratories | Secretariats | Secondary stairwells
    • 1 time per month: Private offices

    Offices are cleaned once a month. To prepare, please put away everything you have on your desk to allow the Sanitary Services team to wash it (Sanitary Services employees never move what is left on your desk) and remove items from underneath your desk to allow the team to wash the floors. Put everything in a corner or on a chair.

    Office Waste

    We ask that you empty your office waste and recycling bins at the designated spots on your floor, such as the recycling stations and waste containers often found near kitchens. We encourage you to do this when you move around the office, either when you visit the washroom or the kitchen, so that it may become a part of your routine.

    Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility and not only will this help ensure that materials are properly sorted, it will help the University reduce its recycling and waste management costs as well.

    Locked Confidential Paper Bins

    We’ve changed our procedures when it comes to recovering paper containing confidential information: you now have at your disposal locked paper bins in order to ensure a secure process for the destruction of confidential documents on campus. We invite you to place a work order through your Facility Manager or Administrative Coordinator to have a locked confidential paper bin installed on your floor.

    If, however, you are planning to dispose of large quantities of paper of at once, please make your request 5 days in advance while specifying the amount of bins you’ll require.

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