uOttawa was the North American Champion of Race to Zero Waste in 2023 and Canadian champion ten times since 2009! Let's keep working to make waste a thing of the past.

Race to Zero Waste is a friendly competition between colleges and universities to encourage and inform their campus communities on how to recycle, reduce waste, and rethink consumption habits.

Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition

This year we are focusing our efforts on increasing composting on campus. In our last waste audit, we found that almost 60% of our regular waste is compostable!  

Much of the food packaging on campus should be composted because it is paper-based and soiled.  

Here are 3 actions you can take:  

  • Do you have compost in your kitchen? If not, call 2222 to request a bin.  
  • Did you know that paper towel, paper coffee cups and paper take-out containers all go in the compost bin? Put this poster in your office kitchen!
  • Stop waste before it begins (and save money)! Bring a reusable coffee mug, return your Friendlier take-out containers from on-campus food providers, and bring your reusable cutlery set to work.   
Garbage bin full of items during move out at uOttawa residences
student presents idea to a group of onlookers

Lunch & Learn: Towards a Zero Waste Campus

To find out more about waste reduction programs on campus, sign up for our Lunch & Learn on Wednesday February 28th, 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (English training), or Thursday February 29th, 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (French training).
If your office or group of friends would like to learn more about how to recycle at uOttawa, we can organize an interactive workshop for you.
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