Addressing the sustainability of an organization like Ryerson, is complex and involves a very broad range of disciplines. Figuring out where to start and what solutions to adopt is a challenge for the most seasoned of experts. When it comes to campus, we often find many groups trying to tackle the same challenge, each starting from scratch. To enable groups to do more with less, we are committed to developing and delivering reliable sustainability expertise and useful resources.
CASE STUDY: Increasing Waste Diversion Rates
The Challenge: Shipping waste to landfill presents an environmental challenge. It is costly and something we are reminded of everytime we dispose of an item. It's no wonder groups across campus commonly start isolated initiatives designed to address this problem and increase waste diversion.
Our Response: In support of the various campus groups each attempting to reduce waste to landfill in isolation, Sustainability Matters decided to initiate a campus wide waste initiative. We started thoroughly researching the composition of all waste collected and how likely it is to be properly separated in different situations and spaces across campus. We also evaluated a variety of potential solutions like new disposal bins, better signage and different ways of separating waste. To execute a series of pilots designed to help us test these solutions and collect related data, we collaborated with the campus groups that were individually attempting to improve waste management. This coordinated and inclusive approach ensured all of the effort being invested was efficiently focused on a shared goal and path forward.
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