2016 Waste Audit is complete!

2016 Waste Audit is complete!

The 2016 Waste Audit is complete! From Thursday, April 14th to Thursday, June 16th waste from Royal Roads University campus was collected, sorted and analyzed by the Office of Sustainability to determine the effectiveness of the waste management system at the university in diverting waste from the landfill. The goal of the audit was to determine the current level of on-campus waste diversion and whether the university is on target to achieving the goal of diverting 80% of waste by 2020.

Solid waste disposal is recognized as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, specifically methane and nitrous oxide gases. Methane is considered to be 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide to the environment and landfill sites account for approximately 20% of Canada’s total methane emissions. Diverting waste from the landfill presents an opportunity for Royal Roads University to reduce its environmental footprint and continue to be a leader in sustainability.

Royal Roads diversion rate improves in 2016

During the 2016 Waste Audit, a total of 500 bags of garbage, mixed paper, recyclables/refundables and compost were weighed, and of those bags, a total of 179 bags were opened, sorted and analyzed. With the data gathered, it was determined that the overall waste diversion rate was 69.3%, which signifies a 5.6% improvement from the 2013 Waste Audit results, and brings the university closer to its target of 80% diversion by 2020. Compost has been a top priority for a change in the system, specifically, encouraging more staff, faculty and students to divert more of the waste stream to the compost stream. The 2016 results have shown that the diversion of waste to the compost stream has increased as compost comprises the majority of the waste produced on campus at 52%, which is an increase from 38% reported in 2013. The overall breakdown of the individual waste streams analyzed is presented in the figure below. Overall, a total of 1,449.15 kg of waste was analyzed during the audit period.

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank all those who helped throughout the course of the audit, especially the custodial and production staff for all their work in collecting, labelling, sorting and dropping off all the waste at the sorting location. Without their help, the audit days would not have been conducted in a smooth and efficient manner. A special thanks goes out to Chris Preston, Eugene Zinkowski, Madeleine Dahl, Pieter Bosma, Rod Duckmanton and Stewart Ralph for their support and assistance throughout the audit.  

If you would like further information about the 2016 Waste Audit, please contact Roberto Melfi.