Zero Waste for Climate Action

Zero Waste for Climate Action

While UBC’s main source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is natural gas needed to heat buildings, recycling and keeping food scraps out of the landfill also reduces GHGs.

Organic materials disposed in the landfill produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas, some of which escapes into the atmosphere. Also, manufacturing many products such as aluminum cans from recycled materials instead of new materials greatly reduces the product’s GHG emissions.

With the help of a graduate student, UBC worked with the City of Vancouver to develop a software tool that helps to estimate the GHG reductions resulting from reducing and diverting waste.


NEW RECYCLING STATIONS IMPLEMENTED SINCE 2013

OVERALL WASTE DIVERSION RATE