Embracing organic recycling at SAIT
Calgary, AB — SAIT has successfully diverted more than 68 per cent of campus waste from the landfill — one of the highest diversion rates in Canada for a post-secondary, according to Waste Management.
That number is expected to grow even higher as SAIT rolls out the latest green initiative on campus — organics recycling bins in staff kitchens. More than 200 countertop bins are placed around campus offices and common areas at the main campus. The organic bins will collect everything from soiled paper and coffee grounds to meat and vegetable products.
"SAIT has seen its overall waste diversion rate climb from 18 per cent in fall 2013 to more than 68 per cent in August 2014," says John Millington, Manager of Facilities Operations and Campus Expansion Projects at SAIT. "Many comparable schools have been developing their programs for several years and haven't yet hit 40 per cent."
Organics recycling has been in full swing in the School of Hospitality and Tourism facilities for more than a year. While most of the recycling goes to the Waste Management facility in Red Deer, some of the compost material comes full circle and is used in the culinary garden and campus landscaping areas.
SAIT is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,400 part-time courses (including online and distance) that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as being one of Alberta's Top Employers, one of the top five research colleges in Canada and the Best Alberta Workplace for Training and Development.