GREEN INITIATIVE

How to be more Sustainable at Home

Recycling Small Electronic (Batteries and Cell Phones)

Many electronic items can be accepted at the UNA Green Depot. However, small items, such as batteries and cell phones can also be dropped at The Old Barn Community Centre and UNA Office.

For items not on the accepted list, be sure to check out the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

Other Recycling, Composting and Garbage Tips

Organic Waste

The Metro Vancouver Organic Waste Ban has been gradually phased in since the beginning of 2015 and is expected to be fully enforced by early 2016. Organic waste (mainly food scraps) will no longer be permitted in the garbage as part of a Metro Vancouver disposal ban.

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and recycling services are provided to UNA residents through their individual strata corporation or property management company. Please check with either your strata chair or property manager for scheduled pick-ups. Click here to download garbage and recycling signs in various languages. (Please note that these signs are generic signs provided by Metro Vancouver and may not exactly match recycling services provided in your strata or rental location).

Cooking Oil and Grease

Don’t pour cooking oil and grease down the drain! Click here to learn why.

To find locations for hard to recycle materials (e.g. paint, motor oil, compact fluorescent bulbs, etc.) be sure to use the Metro Vancouver Recycles and City of Vancouver Waste Wizard.

Neighbourhood Litter Containers

Attractive litter containers are located throughout the UNA community in public areas such as parks, beside bus stops, or along trails and walkways. These containers are intended for the deposit of small amounts of litter, such as empty coffee cups or other small pieces of trash produced by visitors or residents who are spending time in UNA public spaces. If you live in the UNA, consider carrying any litter home and, whenever possible, recycling it. Please do not deposit household waste in these litter containers. These containers are not intended to hold large amounts of waste and quickly fill up and overflow. This is not only unsightly, but it will attract animals such as rats, squirrels, and raccoons.

Useful Green Apps

BC Recyclepedia: Finding your closest recycling depot is now at the tips of your fingers with the new BC Recyclepedia smart phone App (Andriod & iOS).

WeRecycle: Makes it easier for you to donate or recycle just about anything within the Metro Vancouver region.

Tap Map: Quickly locate the closest public drinking fountains in Metro Vancouver

The Food Waste Problem

Households in the Metro Vancouver region generate about 190,000 tonnes of food waste every year. Over half of that, just over 100,000 tonnes, is food, liquid and dairy waste that could have been consumed. Reducing that waste is key to meeting Metro Vancouver’s waste diversion targets as well as our goal of a 10 per cent reduction in per capita waste by 2020.

Food waste adds about $700 a year to each household’s grocery bill, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Costs not factored into our research include inputs like the water, electricity, fertilizer, soil degradation and labour to produce the food as well as the fuel to transport that food to global markets.

Did you know in 2014 47% of Canadian food waste is generated from the consumer level? It means Canadian households are responsible for a significant amount of food waste that we produce every year. And here is how you can help to minimize our food waste problem.

  • Plan out your food purchase, check your inventory, do not over purchase which ends up producing unnecessary waste.
  • If you have a smaller family and purchase a large “family pack” food item, store unused portions in your freezer right away.
  • Don’t assume there is always advantage to buy in bulk. Excess quantity means unused food will be thrown away and so do money you tried to save when purchase in bulk.
  • Be smart about expiration dates.
  • Plan your meals and cook appropriate portions, there is no reason to cook for 8 while you are only serving a dinner for 6.
  • Consider bringing left-over food for lunch. Left-over food is a free and healthier choice compared to take out food.

We can minimize our food waste with a responsible and well thought out food management plan – saving your wallet and saving our environment. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign provides residents with simple steps they can take to use more of the food they purchase:

  1. Share Your Ideas
  2. Menus and Recipes
  3. Food Storage Tips

Disposing of Oil and Grease?

Pouring oil and grease down the drain can cause problems in residential and municipal pipes; it will eventually clog the system and lead to backflow problems. Metro Vancouver and municipalities in the Lower Mainland spend more than $2 million per year removing grease from the collection system, including grease clogs from city pipes -money that could be spent on public amenities.

Since most of us live in multi-family residential buildings, it is even more important for us to keep our pipes in good shape to avoid long-term maintenance expenses.

Here are few easy steps for you to follow:

  • Wipe up the oil or grease with newsprint or a paper towel, and use your organic waste bin to recycle it.
  • If you cannot absorb the oil or grease in few paper towels, collect your cooking oil in a small container, solidify it in a fridge overnight, and then dispose of it as regular garbage.
  • Large volumes of oil coming from deep fryers are messy and can create odours in any recycling or garbage bins. Put your oil in a container and take it to a recycling depot that collects cooking oil.

For more information please visit Metro Vancouver What to Do With Grease Page.

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) – is excited to collaborate with Encorp Pacific (Return-It) and United We Can to develop a recycling program that makes social, environment and economic sense.

Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit, product Stewardship Corporation with beverage container management as their core business. Encorp’s mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not land-filled or incinerated.

United We Can (UWC) is a charitable organization established to support environmental, social, and economic improvements in the inner city of Vancouver. Its mandate is to create economic opportunities for people with multiple barriers living in the Downtown Eastside, through environmental initiatives.

A deposit is charged on all ready to drink beverages at the time of purchase. The deposit is refunded when the empty container is returned for recycling.  When consumers place their empties into a recycling bin they forgo the refund.  The containers are still collected and get recycled. The problem occurs when containers end up in the garbage stream, they cannot be recovered for the deposit refund nor do they get recycled, they end up in the local landfills.

The collaboration of UNA, UWC, and Encorp has developed a recycling program that any building within the UNA neighbourhoods can join. The program enables the buildings to recover part of the deposit refund on a monthly basis (or they can choose to donate 100% of the funds to UWC’s Charity). The donations go directly to UWC in support of their operations helping to create recycling job opportunities for people in need.

Participation in this program is free, and it means that every time you recycle a refundable beverage container in the designated bins you are contributing to our sustainable environment and a worthy cause that is:

Economically sound: Receive up to 50% of your deposit back while the other 50% supports the UWC professional pickup service. (The UNA recommends a 100% donation towards UWC Charity, the more the merrier).

Socially Responsible: Help create recycling job opportunities for people with multiple barriers in the Downtown Eastside and give them a chance to grow and become independent.

Environmentally Sustainable: Saving energy and raw materials. One less container in BC’s landfills, and one more container that can be recycled into new materials.

The UNA believes that happiness is not all about how much we have; it is about what we can give back to our society. Join in and support us in this meaningful program.

If you want to know more about this recycling initiative or how to participate, please contact Wegland Sit or 604-822-3263.

How Does the Program Work?

Recycling Made Easy

There is No Cost associated with this program, it is FREE for any UNA buildings to participate.

Step 1 – Participate this recycling initiative

To learn more or participate this recycling program please contact Wegland Sit wsit@myuna.ca for more information.

Step 2 – Setting up a New Account

UNA will coordinate with Encorp to prepare information poster in your recycling room and handout materials for your building to raise awareness of this recycling program.
UNA will coordinate with United We Can(UWC) to get in touch with your building.

UWC will deliver a Yellow Encorp Collection Bin to your Building.

Step 3 – UWC Pickup Procedures

United We Can (UWC) driver will require access to the collection bin location.

Every two weeks (Wednesday), the UWC truck will drop by our neighbourhood to pick up full bin and return with a new empty bin.

Full bins collected from your building will be closed and marked with tag to indicate its originate building.

Once full bins arrived UWC facility, workers will input the tag to identify which is its originate building. Each bin will then be emptied and contents will be segregated by hand. Number of refundable beverage containers will also be input into automated computer system.

On a monthly basis, UWC will automatically forward deposit refund to your building strata should your building didn’t go with Full Donation option.

Helping our community – one container at a time.

“Please note, the Green Depot will be closed during BC Day long weekend (August 5-7).”

UNA Green Depot

The UNA Green Depot is located at The Wesbrook Community Centre.

The UNA Green Depot provides free household items recycling service for UNA Residents, UBC Staffs, Faculty and Students

The Green Depot accepts e-waste, batteries, soft-plastics, smoke alarms, light bulbs. If you have any specific questions, please visit us in the Green Depot for more information.

*Please do not leave any items out the front of the Green Depot outside operating hours.

The Green Depot is run by local volunteers.

Please check the calendar below for business hours information.

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November 2017
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October 30, 2017 October 31, 2017 November 1, 2017

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November 5, 2017

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November 6, 2017

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November 9, 2017 November 10, 2017 November 11, 2017

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November 12, 2017

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November 13, 2017

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November 16, 2017 November 17, 2017 November 18, 2017

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November 19, 2017

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November 20, 2017

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November 21, 2017 November 22, 2017

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November 23, 2017 November 24, 2017 November 25, 2017

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November 26, 2017

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November 27, 2017

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November 30, 2017 December 1, 2017 December 2, 2017 December 3, 2017

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are calling for Green Depot volunteers, please email Wegland Sit to learn about our volunteer program.