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Reduce, Re‑Use

You can help to increase Dalhousie's diversion rate


  • Use the Office of Sustainability's Sustainable Purchasing workshops and tips sheets on reduction
  • Think before you print, print double sided or consider not printing at all.  Dalhousie has a Paper policy that outlines Dalhousie's standards for  electronic business processes and green meetings.
  • To reduce paper, Dalhousie does not provide paper phone books unless a specific request is made  Send an e-mail to   Directory.Changes@Dal.ca to make changes to the electronic Dalhousie directory.
  • Bring your own mug. Efforts have also been made to reduce disposable cups, food service providers on campus offer discounts for bringing a reusable mug.
  • The Dalhousie Campus Bookstores do not provide plastic bags as an effort to reduce plastic waste.
  • Custodial teams are reducing the use of harmful cleaning chemicals used on campus (ex. green cleaning case study [PDF - 386 kB]).
  • Visit Divert Nova Scotia to find information on reducing, reusing, recycling and composting your waste.


  • All Goods are redistributed at the University through a internal notification as outlined in the purchasing policy [PDF - 100 kB](disposal of surplus goods). Materials such as furniture that are not used on campus are often given to non-profits through the Procurement Department.
  • At end of every academic year, student groups help operate the "Dump and Run", a large community garage sale. Proceeds go the charity.
  • Do you have clothing and household items you are not using? Call up the Clothesline® and donate them. They will come to your place of residence to pick up the items. All funds raised from resale will go toward the Canadian Diabetes Association.
  • Dalhousie's Environmental Health and Safety Office is purchasing a chemicals database to improve the efficiency of the Chemical exchange program.