Waste Audits

Background

As an educational institution in Ontario, UTM is required by the law (O. Reg 102/94) to conduct annual waste audits. UTM works with an external auditor to complete the audit. 

The auditor provides a report with quantifiable data (e.g. contamination rate, diversion rate) and qualitative information including a work plan which outlines recommendations to improve waste management practices. The work plan must be published and made available to all UTM employees. 

View the 2023 work plan here


Audit Data

Waste Diversion

Waste Generation Over the Years

A pie graph displaying UTM's diversion rate in 2023
UTM diversion rate (27.4%) (Waste Management Audit, 2023) 
Waste Generated at UTM from 2018 to 2022
Waste generated at UTM from 2018-2022

UTM's Commitment to Waste Diversion and Reduction 

UTM is committed to reducing waste on campus and achieving a higher waste diversion rate. Guided by the Sustainability Strategic Plan, we will address waste challenges through education, engagement, and operations as outlined in Goals 5.13 and 5.14

We acknowledge the behavioral and operational challenges associated with waste management on campus and will continue to implement initiatives to reduce our waste impact on the environment. 

Waste Audit Work Plan

The below recommendations include results from the annual waste audit, combined with our Tri-campus Waste Reduction Working Group priorities to divert and reduce waste on campus. 

  • Implement a campus-wide receptacle standard for caretaking staff that outlines rules associated with regular waste maintenance to develop a consistent and standardized waste system across UTM
  • Create Specialty Recycling Centres on campus to encourage students, staff, and faculty to easily recycle batteries, printer cartridges, and e-waste
  • Administer the Sustainability Ambassador Program where student volunteers interested in waste can participate in education opportunities (e.g. bin patrolling, tabling, event planning) to engage their peers on waste management 
  • Continually update the Sustainability Office website so the UTM community has the latest and most accurate information on waste initiatives on campus 

How You Can Contribute to Waste Diversion on Campus

Ways students can improve waste diversion on campus
  1. Don't know where an item goes? Scroll through our waste training manual. 
  2. Want to be more involved with sustainability on campus and meet like-minded students? Join the Sustainability Ambassador Program! 
  3. Reduce your food waste by taking advantage of the OZZI and BYOC programs.

Have suggestions or ideas on how to improve waste diversion on campus? Email sustainability.fmp@utoronto.ca and let us know!