How To Use TRU’s Zero-Waste Stations Correctly

Do you know that TRU is striving to be a Zero Waste campus?

I believe that many of you have seen TRU Sustainability Office Zero-Waste Stations before, which are located everywhere on campus. On a campus with more than 28,000 students and more than 2,000 employees, it is important to use the Zero-Waste Station correctly and take action of reducing waste in order to achieve TRU’s Zero-Waste Goal!

There are over 100 of  Zero-Waste Stations across campus. But do you know how to use it correctly?

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First rule: absolutely NO liquids!

Blue bin: Mixed recycling. All you need to put inside are anything with the recycling symbol, but no liquids! Also, flatten or cut boxes before throwing in this bin.

Green bin: Compost. All food, fruits and veggies, and more are put in this bin.

Red bin: Refundable. All return for refund beverage containers go in this bin but making sure be clean. When you put the containers in this bin, making sure pour liquids.

Yellow bin: Stretchy plastic. All soft plastic bags go in this bin.

Black bin: Landfill waste. Everything else goes in this bin.

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We got some new Zero-Waste Stations on campus recently, which are more convenient and more sustainable! But do you think ahead when you use it?

All landfills go to the left bin; all coffee cups, lids, and sleeves go to the middle one; most important are the liquids: empty all the liquids in the right part!

*Tip: instead of using a disposable coffee cup or water bottle, bring your own. There are also many water bottle refill stations across campus.

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If we are all working together, we can make TRU and the world a better place, and make a difference in diverting TRU’s waste!

Read about TRU’s Zero-Waste Plan here. Learn more about zero-waste, composting and recycling here.