Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Zero-Waste, Recycling and Composting

In 2014, TRU decided to take on an aggressive approach to reduce the amount of waste entering the Mission Flats landfill. Our mission is to become a zero-waste campus. Do your part by reading the posters and using zero-waste stations properly.

zero-waste stations

Learn what goes in each bin.

Zero Waste Toolkit

Other waste, recycling and reuse systems

Besides common items that go in the five zero-waste stations, here is a list of items and how thaat can be properly disposed of on campus.

Batteries

There are brown batteries-only recycling bins wall-mounted around campus at these locations. Recycling all types of household batteries. Put tape over the two points on 9-volt batteries so they don't catch fire.

Corrugated cardboard

Please break down boxes! Big pieces go in outdoor bins found here. Small pieces can go near indoor zero waste stations or in wood wheeled boxes.

Electric waste

Properly recycle anything with a cord. Smaller electronics, like cellphones and laptops (once they are properly wiped of all personal data) can easily be put into the two metal electronic recycling boxes in front of the Bookstore and in Student Street. For larger electronics, please fill in this form, and then email a work order (along with the form) to facilities@tru.ca to pick it up.

Harzardous waste

Properly recycle all hazardous materials: paint, solvents, chemicals, bleach, etc. To help properly recycle any hazardous materials, please email facilities@tru.ca to pick them up.

Palettes

Please leave them near outdoor yellow waste dumpsters around campus (not in them!) for pick-up by Facilities staff.

Printer ink and toner cartridges

Please put used catridges in a a bag, then in their box, then write with a felt marker "For Recycling". Then leave in any TRU Mail Room for pick-up.

Reusable items

TRU Procurement Services deals with the disposal of obsolete and surplus TRU goods that are of value. Please use this form. For items not covered with this process, create a Free Box and put in a high-traffic area around campus!

Sharps (used syringes)

Containers to properly handle used sharps are located here. TRU Security can also be called for help: 250-828-5033.

Styrofoam

Only big chunks can be recycled (not 'packing peanuts' or other small bits). Please drop off in the wheeled yellow carts in Student Street, Facilities, or Open Learning.

Textbook reusing

Put unwanted textbooks in wooden bin outside TRU Bookstore. They're used by Better World Booxs in developing countries.

Hazardous waste

Properly recycle all hazardous materials: paint, solvents, chemicals, bleach, etc. Email facilities@tru.ca to pick them up.


Recycling at home

The City of Kamloops has the same system available to recycle and reduce your waste at home as we do here at TRU. To learn more about how you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at home check out these links.