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 [PDF - 265 KB] 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 to make changes to the electronic Dalhousie directory;
  • Bring your own mug - efforts have also been made to reduce disposable cups and food service providers on campus offer discounts for bringing a reusable mug;
  • The Dalhousie Campus Bookstores do not provide plastic bags in 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 University Procurment Policy (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 indoor community yard sale. Proceeds go multiple Nova Scotia charities and not-for-profits.
  • 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.