In 1991, students audited the waste generated in the Village 2
(student residence) cafeteria. They discovered that the kitchens are run
quite efficiently. Food that is left over (but which has never been
served) is used in the preparation of later meals. Through statistical
analysis of the number of students at any given sitting of meals, staff
are able to predict quite accurately the amount of food to prepare. This
means that there is little waste in the kitchen component of the cafeteria.
However the generation of waste in the servery was quite high.
The average overall waste generated per day was 0.4 kg. In a fall
academic term the servery generated 2% of the total waste disposed of on
the UW campus. The cost of disposal was $1800. This study found that
72% of the servery waste is compostable.
One student examined and recommended alternative ways of
packaging and dispensing food in the cafeteria. In the Fall of 93 the
cafeterias switched from an "all you can eat" system to a "pay as you eat
system" (Debit Card system). A study of Village I involved an audit
under the old system in summer 93 and the new system in winter 94 using
the same methodology. This audit revealed that students were throwing
out 70% less food from their plates per meal served with the new system.
The food waste produced in the kitchen increased by 14% while overall the
waste production decreased by 40% on a per meal served basis. A similar
study was undertaken for Village II and revealed a 55% reduction in waste
generated per meal served.
Fifty students in another course assisted in the university waste audit. The waste from seven representative buildings was collected and separated into 33 categories of waste.
This audit is the initial assessment of the university's waste, and resulted in annual audits performed in functional areas of the campus.
Projects are available either on the world wide web or in the Dana Porter (Arts) Library, Special Collections.
- A Solid Waste Composition Study of the Kitchener City Hall Building (1991)
- Waste Audit of UW (1992)
- Waste Audit of the Village 2 Kitchen and Cafeteria (1992)
- The Village 1 residence complex Waste Audit, University of Waterloo (1994)
- Establishment of the Amount of Waste Generated in the Village One Kitchen and Cafeteria (1994)
- The Village Two Waste Audit and Survey (1994)
- Dana Porter Library Zero Waste Pilot Project (1994)
- Waste Audit of Village 1 Residence (1994)
- Waste Audit at Renison College (1996)
- An Audit of Fine Arts (1997)
- Waste Audit of the University of Waterloo Gazette (1997)
- Ron Eydt Village Waste Audit (1998)
- Waste Analysis of the Surplus Store at University of Waterloo (1999)
- Audit of Outdoor Garbage Containers (2001)
- Environmental Audit of Federation Hall (2002)
- City of Kitchener Waste Audit (2002)
- Environmental Audit of Ground Zero (2002)
- Mackenzie King Recycling & Waste Audit (2002)
- Waste Audit of Campus Libraries (2002)
- An Audit of the Recycling Practices at a Campus Pub: The Bombshelter (2003)
- Waste Audit: Large Classrooms (2003)
- Waste Management Audit - Engineering and Math Coffee and Donut Shops (2003)
- A Waste Audit of Mudie's Cafeteria (2003)
- 2003 Waste Audit of St. Paul's Residence; Throwing Away Environmental Concern? (2003)
- University of Waterloo Office Waste Audit (2003)
- Solid Waste Management Audit/University of Waterloo, Village One Residence (2003)
- Columbia Lake Townhouses Waste Audit Report (2003)
- Waste Composition analysis of Science Laboratory Garbage at the University of Waterloo (2003)
- Waste Audit Report-Beck Hall Apartment-Style Residence (2003)
- University of Waterloo Washroom Waste Audit (2003)
- Waste Audit of Small Classrooms at the University of Waterloo (2003)
- Waste Audit of Brubaker's (2003)
- Waste Audit of the Dana Porter Library, 3rd Floor (2004)
- Pet Waste Audit on Steckle Woods Trail (2004)
- Waste Audit of the Environmental Studies Coffee Shop (2004)
- Waste Audit at Wilfrid Laurier University (2004)
Last updated: August 16, 2004 plc