Recycling & Waste



Loyalist is dedicated to mobilizing the College community to create positive and lasting changes in how we engage with our waste on campus and in our homes. 



Centralized Waste Collection – Program Info

In 2016 Loyalist College implemented a departmental centralized waste collection program. The overarching goals are to enhance sorting practices, reduce consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as well as increase our waste diversion rate. 

This program places a full-scale recycling/waste centre in areas that are accessible and are within a reasonable distance. All desk-side waste bins are removed and recycle bins are now sorted by each individual to increase best sorting practices. 

Recycling Info – Printable


Hydration stations

With 20 hydration stations conveniently placed on campus, free, filtered water is available anywhere, any time.

Loyalist students and staff have helped eliminate the waste from more than ONE MILLION disposable plastic bottles since the stations were installed in 2011.

Did you know? Bottled water is 2000 times more energy intensive and at least 600 times more expensive than tap water!


Coffee cup recycling

You can recycle your coffee cups on campus! Put the empty coffee cup in the paper stream and lid in the plastic stream and away you go.

*Please make sure the cup is empty before recycling


Composting on campus

  • Living in Residence? Use the designated carts outside to separate your food scraps and food-soiled paper from the regular garbage.
  • Organics are also collected behind the scenes in kitchens across campus, including:
    • Dining Hall
    • Tim Hortons
    • Resto 213 kitchen and labs
  • Did you know? Our food scraps travel to a farm in Stirling where they are combined with other organics and manure in an anaerobic digester to produce green, clean energy and fertilizer. 

Difficult-to-recycle items

The Student Government has made it easy to recycle those difficult items such at old highlighters, pens, ink & toner cartridges and cell phones.  Just drop these off at the waste station in SAL 

Battery recycling program


We encourage students, staff and faculty to take their spent alkaline (single use) and rechargeable batteries to one of Loyalist’s convenient drop-off locations. All types of batteries are accepted including AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt, lithium, NiCad, NiMH etc.

Where do they go? All batteries collected through this program will be recycled responsibly by Raw Materials Co. Did you know that 90% of a battery’s components can be recycled? The steel, earth elements (zinc, manganese, potassium, etc.), paper and plastic contained within the batteries sent to RMC will be recovered, diverted and reused.

Why does it matter? Recovered materials are used to make new products saving our earth’s finite resources and the energy needed to mine them from ore. Keeping batteries out of landfills diverts potentially harmful materials from our soils and waterways.

Bancroft Campus

Battery recycling bins can be found in the Community Employment Services office and the Student Lounge.  

Wallbridge-Loyalist Campus