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Dalhousie diverts over 60% of materials from the landfill

Dalhousie University aims to reduce and divert solid, liquid, and hazardous waste from the landfill. A formal University Waste Management Plan has been created to guide future actions [PDF - 589KB]. For a summary of 'What Goes Where", review the Dalhousie Waste Management Guide [PDF - 58KB]


Dalhousie tracks material stream categories diversion in the following categories:

  1. Paper and cardboard
  2. Organic (e.g. food, yard, farm
  3. Recyclables (e.g. plastic, glass, metal)
  4. Construction and demolition
  5. Hazardous (nine classes)
  6. Universal: products with some toxins such as electronic waste and batteries
  7. Composite and miscellaneous waste

For a more detailed description of the nine materials streams view Materials Categorization Guide. For additional details on Dalhousie waste management program, auditing procedures, waste audits, and the ICI manual, see publications and plans.