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Waste management

With over 10,000 NSCC students entering industry every year, demonstrating good waste management practices to the workforce of tomorrow provides endless benefits for our province. At NSCC, we aim to manage our waste well -- through reduction and waste diversion.

Waste diversion

Graph of waste diversion at NSCC campuses.
This graph depicts a 75% average in waste diversion across 16 NSCC locations.

Through our daily operations, NSCC generates 230 tonnes of solid waste every year. Our recycling and composting programs enable us to divert 75% of our waste away from provincial landfills.

Waste reduction

Graph of reduction in waste disposal at NSCC campuses.
This graph depicts a reduction in waste disposal per person at NSCC by 17% between the years 2016 and 2019.

For years, the College has focused on waste diversion as its primary waste management benchmarker. Now, we're also measuring the amount of waste (e.g., landfill trash, compost and recyclables) generated per person (students and staff) each academic year.

Pack it in - Pack it out

By removing garbage cans from classrooms and offices through the Pack it In - Pack it Out campaign, students and staff are encouraged to dispose of their waste in central waste sorting stations.

Ivany Campus waste sorting.
Our Ivany Campus cafeteria features shadow boxes above the waste sorting station to assist students with proper waste disposal.


Waste Management Goals we’re working towards:

  • Reduce waste disposal to 15 kg per person each year by 2021.
  • Reduce waste disposal to 10 kg per person each year by 2030.
  • Eliminate single-use plastics on campuses by 2030.

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