Frequently Asked Questions

    • What items cannot go into the organics recycling?

      Keep these items out:

      • plastic
      • glass
      • metal
      • foil
      • Styrofoam
      • non-organic material
      • waste

      Acceptable items are:

      • fruits & vegetables,
      • food scraps (dairy, meat (including bones,coffee grounds, filters and tea bags etc)
      • bakery discards (breads,cereal etc)
      • paper coffee cups
      • food-soiled paper (towels, plates, napkins, pizza boxes and lunch bags)
      • biodegradable food containers
      • flowers, plant stalks, leaves

      What is not acceptable in the mixed paper bins?

      For your convenience 'Mixed Paper' recycling containers are located throughout each campus.

      Not acceptable:

      • candy wrappers
      • corrugated cardboard
      • paper towels & tissues (organics collection)
      • paper cups (organics collection)
      • paper food containers (organics collection)
      • waste

      Acceptable items include:

      • regular white and coloured printer/copy paper
      • envelopes (including window),
      • file folders,
      • hanging file folders (no need to separate out the attached metal hangers), and
      • books.

      Please remember, in the interest of safety, when recycling books and file folders to not overload the bins.

      NOTE: Once shredded all confidential paper collected and processed on campus is recycled by Shred-it, our service provider. 

      Looking for an off-campus drop-off location for used batteries?

      Check out the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation website at http://www.call2recycle.org/locator/ to find the location nearest you.

       

      Where can I recycle off-campus?

      Looking for an off-campus drop-off location to donate or recycle? Check out  Metro Vancouver Recycles website to find the location nearest you.

      How do I recycle plastic?

      At the North Vancouver campus, we accept hard plastics and containers in the Containers bins in each Zero Waste Station around campus.

      Clean, hard and soft plastics are also collected from campus daily business operations and Food Services. Additionally individual departments champion custom recycling centres within their office areas, these are collected once weekly by Smithrite.

      There is a large zero waste centre located between the Birch and Arbutus bldgs - campus community members are encouraged to drop their CLEAN hard and soft plastics into the designated bins.

      What happens to the refundable beverage containers collected by Capilano University?

      All refundable containers are collected weekly by ABD Recycling Solutions, a local refundable collection service provider. The funds collected from this program are used to expand the existing recycling and community engagement activites on our campuses.

      What types of paper can go into the 'Mixed Paper' bins?

      For your convenience 'Mixed Paper' recycling containers are located throughout each campus.

      Acceptable items include:

      • regular white and coloured printer/copy paper
      • envelopes (including window),
      • file folders,
      • hanging file folders (no need to separate out the attached metal hangers), and
      • books.

      Not acceptable:

      • candy wrappers
      • corrugated cardboard
      • paper towels & tissues (organics collection)
      • paper cups (organics collection)
      • paper food containers (organics collection)
      • waste

      Please remember, in the interest of safety, when recycling books and file folders to not overload the bins.

      NOTE: Once shredded all confidential paper collected and processed on campus is recycled by Shred-it, our service provider. 

      Can I recycle microfiche, transparencies, floppy disks and videotapes?

      Yes, drop off your obsolete microfiche, transparencies, floppy disks, and videotapes to the Shipping & Receiving department, in the Arbutus bldg (ground floor). Employees may also arrange to have these items collected from their department/area via the daily mail delivery/pick-up. Contact Shipping & Receiving to arrange for pick up.

      Does Cap U recycle ink toners and cartridges?

      Yes, employees may drop off or forward via interoffice mail used desktop printer or multi-function device ink toners and cartridges to the Shipping & Receiving department located on the ground floor of the Arbutus bldg. Our office supplies provider collects and recycles these units on a regular basis.

      Does Capilano University have an organics collection/composting program?

      Yes! We have recently rolled out our Zero Waste Stations, which includes an Organics bin.

      Organic waste from within food services is collected on a daily basis. Bins are conveniently located in the Birch Food Court. Want to find out more about Food Services Waste Management?

      Does Cap U recycle cell phones and batteries?

      Yes, to access this vendor take back program, simply put your obsolete cell phone and/or defunct battery into interoffice mail to the attention of our Senior Buyer. As a proud partner and supporter of Tree Canada, a tree will be planted for every mobile phone recycled with Telus.

      Where can I drop-off cardboard for recycling?

      Drop off clean empty, flatten used cardboard boxes to one of the following locations:

      • Shipping & Receiving loading dock between Arbutus and Birch bldgs
      • Facilities Yard
      • Behind Studio Arts Bldg
      • BOSA bldg yard

      NOTE: waxed cardboard is not suitable for recycling.  Please dispose of in a regular waste bin.

      Where do I recycle batteries?

      Drop off your used batteries into the specially designation 'battery recycling' bins located in the Shipping & Receiving department, the CSU office or at the Bookstore. Employees may also send batteries via the daily mail delivery/pick-up. For safety, please remember to put a little cello tape on each of the battery prior to sending inter-office mail.

      Can I recycle books on campus?

      Used books can either be dropped off at the University Bookstore for collection by BetterWorld Books, or they can be placed in any 'Mixed Paper" collection bins located throughout the campus. In consideration of those emptying and processing the recycling materials, please, do not overload the bins.