Sustainability Program

The Asian Studies Department is working to support a sustainable future through various initiatives from the University of British Columbia. For starters, we have added “stickers” around the building to signal where what is recycled.

Paper (Blue Bins)
Found in the lobby & copy room


The following types of waste are accepted in the large marked blue bins on campus.

Below is a list of what can and cannot be recycled in this program.

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes and junk mail
  • Writing and computer paper
  • Cereal boxes
  • Telephone books
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper towel and paper bags
  • Waxed paper
  • Milk cartons (wax coated paper)
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Pizza boxes
  • Styrofoam of any kind

Cans, Bottles and Containers Recycling  (Gray & Blue Bins)
Found in the Lobby


The following types of waste are accepted in large marked gray or blue bins on campus.

Below is a list of what can and cannot be recycled in this program.

  • glass bottles and jars
  • metal cans
  • plastic bottles and jugs
  • juice boxes
  • tetrapak containers – (paper w/ metal lining)
  • overhead plastic transparencies (plastic #1)
  • plastics stamped #1 through #5 & 7

*Please note: We do not accept #6 plastics at this time

  • dishes, glassware or ceramics
  • aerosol cans
  • plastic bags
  • milk cartons (wax coated paper)
  • windows or mirrors
  • styrofoam of any kind
  • plastics stamped #6


Compost (Green Organic Bins)
Found in the kitchens

The following types of waste are accepted in the marked Organics Collection Program’s green bins on campus.

Below is a list of what can and cannot be recycled in this program.

  • cooked food waste
  • meat and bones
  • dairy products
  • grains, bread, pasta
  • paper towels and napkins
  • paper cups and plates
  • raw fruit and vegetable scraps
  • coffee grounds and filters
  • tea bags
  • egg shells
  • wooden chopsticks
  • juice boxes
  • milk cartons
  • plastic bags
  • plastic cutlery
  • styrofoam
  • glass
  • wood
  • sand
  • metal
  • biosolids

Soft Plastics
Found in the main office and copy room

Soft plastics

A huge amount of soft plastic ends up in landfills from UBC. By segregating and recycling soft plastics, UBC helps to reduce the amount of petroleum (a fossil fuel) required to create new plastics by up to 95%, thereby reducing the use of this non-renewable resource and greenhouse gas emissions overall.

The goal of this program is to increase awareness at UBC of the nature and destiny of soft plastics, while providing a convenient way to recycle soft plastic.

Below is a list of what can and cannot be recycled in this program.

Think of soft plastic as plastic that can easily be scrunched up in your hand.

  • Bubble wrap
  • Pellet wrap
  • Cellophane
  • Shrink wrap
  • Clear garbage bags
  • Coloured and/or branded, clean soft plastics can also be recycled, if segregated from the plastics above.

Remember to separate clear, non-branded soft plastics from branded and/or coloured soft plastics!

No plastic with form or structure to it can be recycled in this program. Nor can any item which has been soiled or contaminated.

  • Gloves
  • Contaminated plastic bags
  • Clear tape
  • Other hard plastics (either LDPE recycling code#4, or other codes): various containers, dispensing bottles, wash bottles, tubing, Tupperware, and various molded laboratory equipment
  • Shaped/molded plastic packaging (e.g. battery cases)

Styrofoam (Large Clear Bags)
Found in the copy room


UBC’s Styrofoam recycling pilot program accepts Styrofoam chips and packaging blocks from eight buildings across campus. The Brain Research Centre at the UBC Hospital ran the first phase of the pilot successfully for two years, before it expanded across campus in 2011 through the Green Research Program.

To participate in the Styrofoam Recycling Program, simply collect Styrofoam (EPS) chips and packaging blocks in large clear bags (supplied by the Green Research Committee). SEGREGATE chips from blocks and ensure you haven’t mixed Styrofoam with non-styrofoam chips in the same bag. Waste Management will collect full bags from the eight locations listed below on a regular pick up schedule and the Styrofoam will be hauled off-campus by WCS

Below is a list of what can and cannot be recycled in this program.

  • EPS Packing blocks & Peanuts
  • Clean and dry
  • All labels & stickers removed
  • Plastic Foam wrap & packing blocks (LDPE #4, HDPE #2)
  • EPE Food Trays, Food Cups, Egg Cartons
  • Starch Based Packing Peanuts

How to tell the difference? If you squish them and they re-inflate, then they are starch based!

Reuse-It UBC

Reuse-it! UBC, sponsored by Payment & Procurement Services and the Sustainability Office launched March 7, 2011. This program is designed to assist UBC staff, faculty and students at the Point Grey campus find and exchange low-value items between departments (e.g. furniture, audio-visual equipment, office supplies, etc.). Registration is free and members can post both wanted and available listings.

Moving into a new office? Need an extra book shelf? Or looking to get rid of a filing cabinet?

Why not Reuse-It UBC?

more information >>

Found in the lobby & 4th floor lounge


UBC has a Battery Recycling Program available for all departments, which responsibly recycles rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries as well as cell phones – for free!

For more information on the UBC Battery Disposal program please click HERE

For more information on how-to recycle your batteries click HERE

E-Waste Disposal

UBC Waste Management operates the E-Waste Recycling program. Campus community members can drop off their departmental e-waste and personal e-waste at the University Services Building, Room 0150, Monday to Friday, between 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.