Recycling & Sanitary Services

Sanitary Services

Facilities and the Office of Campus Sustainability want uOttawa to become a zero waste campus, a place where waste is a thing of the past.

Progress: In 2016-2017, the campus diversion rate was 64.5% (Waste diversion is the percentage of materials we avoided sending to, or “diverted” from, landfills.)

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 write to the Sanitary Services team at
  • For more information on Recycling & Sanitary Services, please contact the Manager, Suzanne Vincent, at 613-866-6613 or

What to Compost and Recycle:


ALL food, including meat

Coffee grounds and tea bags

Dryer lint

Chartwells clamshell containers

Microwave popcorn bags

Disposable coffee cups

Food-soiled paper of any kind (pizza boxes, tissues)




Plastic and biodegradable bags


Newspapers, flyers and magazines

Cereal and cracker boxes

Milk and juice cartons

Finer paper, Post-it notes, file folders and envelopes

Brown paper bags (unsoiled)



Disposable coffee cups

Paper soiled with food

Pizza boxes

Plastic, Metal & Glass

Plastic containers, tubs and lids: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7

Aluminum and tin cans and containers

Glass bottles



Plastic wrapping, bags, film

Milk and juice cartons



Plastic wrapping of any kind

Coffee cup lids


OTHER: Recycling Miscellaneous Items


  • 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 100 Thomas More room 102. 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 or Appliances with Freon (Employees Only)

    • When you have a fridge, freezer, or air conditioning unit that no longer works, please prepare a work order for the Transport team (562-5800, extension 2222;) 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.


    • Remove any labels or tags from the Styrofoam and leave it on top of a recycling station.

    Wood Pallets

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

    Cleaning Schedule


    • Classroom / Auditorium / Teaching Labs: 5 visits per week
    • Computer Labs: 5 visits per week
    • Corridors: 5 visits per week
    • Employee Offices: 1 visit per month
    • Kitchens: 5 visits per week
    • Lobbies: 5 visits per week
    • Meeting / Conference Rooms: 5 visits per week
    • Open Offices (over 35 m2): 2 visits per month (winter)
    • Photocopy / Mail Rooms: 2 visits per week
    • Research Labs: 1 visit per week
    • Secretariats / Reception: 2 visits per week
    • Stairs: 5 visits per week
    • Washrooms: 5 visits per week


    • Trash bins are emptied 5 times a week in public spaces:
      conference rooms, kitchens, employee lounges, and secondary stairwells.
    • Offices are cleaned once a month.
      To prepare, please clear your desk so that the Recycling & Sanitary Services team can clean it (they never move what’s on your desk), and if necessary, remove everything from under your desk so that your floor can be cleaned.

      Place your things on a chair or in a corner. Please ask your administrative officer about the cleaning day for your office or common space.


    Office Waste & Recycling Bins

    Please empty your wastebaskets and recycling bins in the designated areas on your floor, such as recycling stations or the containers often found near kitchens. We suggest you do so when you get up to move in your office so that it becomes part of your routine.

    Note: Don’t leave your wastebaskets or recycling bins outside your office to be emptied more often. They will not be emptied and they will get in the way of the cleaning staff. 

    Locked Confidential Paper Bins (Employees Only)

    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.

    Moving and recycling

    When you move or have a large amount of paper to recycle:

    Fill plastic bags or boxes (sealed with adhesive tape) and call ext. 2222 to have them picked up in the same office where you packed them. Remember not to overload bags.

    The Recycling & Sanitary Services team is there if you need help to figure out how many bags or boxes you require; attach pictures to your request if you have a lot of paper. In general, if you have more than 15 bags, we will recommend that you use a large bin.

    Note: Don’t forget that binders can’t be recycled. Put binders that are three inches thick or less, and in good condition, books for others to read and office supplies in a separate bag labelled for the Free Store. Put binders more than three inches thick in a separate bag to be thrown out. 

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