4,000 People, One Small Bag of Garbage

4,000 People, One Small Bag of Garbage

Once the barbeques were put away, tables cleared, chairs folded and 4,000 staff went back to their offices, only one small, desk bin-sized bag of garbage was left.

The rest of the waste from UBC’s annual Welcome Back Staff BBQ—200 kg—was sorted into compost and recycling.

Since 2011, UBC’s Sustainability Coordinators Program has partnered with Ceremonies and Events to recruit and train a team of staff volunteers to minimize waste at the annual event.