UBC’s Climate Action Plan 2030 targets a 50% reduction in waste disposal for the Vancouver campus by 2030 through applying a circular economy lens. Achieving this goal will require institutional changes such as continuing to improve and innovate around our campus operations and infrastructure, procurement policies, and business processes, alongside strong participation from the UBC community. Through campus-wide engagement programs, climate action campaigns and awareness-building activities, we encourage everyone at UBC to contribute to building a zero waste campus and a circular economy. 

A 50% reduction in waste disposal by 2030 is an ambitious target. UBC’s Zero Waste Action Plan is currently being updated to reflect our commitment to reaching this and other new milestones in waste reduction and management, and...
UBC collaborated with Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver on a Zero Waste Food Ware Strategy to reduce and recycle single use food ware and packaging, such as coffee cups and take-out containers.

Zero Waste Squad

The Zero Waste Squad is a peer-led student volunteer program that educates the campus community about recycling and composting
Reducing waste is the most important way we can improve waste management. At UBC, we have a number of initiatives to green our supply chain, reduce paper consumption, and promote reusable containers.


At UBC, we separate our waste into four main streams: food scraps, containers, paper, and garbage. You'll see the Sort it Out stations conveniently placed in buildings and other locations.