Given our 13 campuses and 2.8 million square feet of building space, our waste footprint is significant. However, our impact goes far beyond the waste that we generate; we're also leading by example.
With over 10,000 NSCC students entering industry every year, demonstrating good waste management practices to the workforce of tomorrow will provide endless benefits for our province. At NSCC, we aim to manage our waste well -- through waste diversion and reduction.
For more information about waste management at NSCC, view page 21 of our annual report (PDF 3MB).
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.
For years, the College has focused on waste diversion as its sole 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.
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 garbage and recycling stations.
NSCC has hydration stations at all of its 13 campuses across Nova Scotia.
Every year, billions of disposable water bottles are used, and only a fraction of those bottles are properly recycled. Just one hydration station can save as many as 36,000 standard 1L bottles from entering the garbage.
Many of the hydration stations installed at NSCC have bottle counters on them, displaying the number of disposable bottles saved from the landfill.