The University of Alberta’s award-winning Recycle Transfer Station was built in 2007 to increase the efficiency of the waste diversion program. Recyclable materials are collected throughout campus using a hybrid-electric truck. The materials are then compacted at the station. This allows for fewer trips around campus, and a good deal less fuel consumption for a cleaner, more efficient collection system.
After the Recycle Transfer Station, recyclable materials are sent out to a local materials recovery facility, while metals are sent to a local metal recycling facility.
The university uses two different types of self-compacting trash bins. These receptacles reduce the fuel, emissions, labour, and maintenance costs associated with traditional garbage collection and compaction methods.
Solar trash compactors are installed in high traffic locations on North Campus. These BigBelly® solar compactors are self-powered and have five times the capacity of a regular trash can of the same size.
In-ground waste and recycling containers extend 10 feet underground. The weight of the waste makes the containers self-compacting, and the size of the bins means fewer trips are required to service them.
Did You Know?
The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science has recycling built into its foundations—literally. The 1200 square meter terrazzo floor incorporates recycled glass and gravel refuse from mining projects. The durable material is designed to last for a century or more.