How can I become involved with Sustain SU?

Sustain SU provides volunteer opportunities throughout the summer, and recruits Campus Sustainability Volunteers in September and January of every year. For more information on volunteering, or information of where to access the application form, visit this page or email us!

What can I recycle on campus?

Beverage containers: aluminum cans, juice boxes, milk cartons, and plastic and glass bottles. There are various receptacles for these. The Students' Union Building (SUB) has its main recycling station west of the food court, across from the InfoLink/Ticketmaster booth.

Plastics can be taken to the SUB loading dock area, where large recycling bins will accept all forms of plastics. Paper, batteries and old cell phones can be dropped off at the Sustain SU recycling boxes at the InfoLink booths in SUB, CAB, and HUB.

Ink/laser jet cartridges: these are recyclable through the Sustain SU recycling boxes at the InfoLink booths, at the University Bookstore (Lower Level SUB), and at SUBprint (Lower Level SUB).

Egg cartons: the Campus Food Bank accepts both styrofoam and cardboard egg cartons. These are reused and given to clients.

What does Sustain SU do with the batteries it collects?

Sustain SU passes them along to the University`s department of Facilities and Operations, who take the batteries to one of Edmonton's Eco-Stations.

What is the best way to effect change in my community, so that everybody understands how important it is to consider sustainability?

Get involved! Your voice is the most powerful tool that you have in raising awareness, encouraging change, and planning for a better future. Put yourself in a position to be heard.

What is an eco-discount, and where can I get one?

An eco-discount is money you save at vendors across campus for bringing a reusable food container or mug. The following is a list of the eco-discounts available on campus.

  • The Daily Grind (SUB):
    any size personal coffee mug for $1.65; other beverages 5 cents off a 10 oz. Cup
  • Taco Time (SUB):
    20 cent discount with personal food container
  • Edo Japan (SUB):
    25 cent discount with personal food container
  • Marco‚Äôs Famous (SUB):
    25 cent discount with personal container
  • Subway (SUB):
    25 cent discount with personal container
  • Java Jive (HUB):
    $1.65 flat rate for coffee when you BYOM, 5 cents off other drinks
  • Cookies By George (HUB):
    20 cents off when you BYOM, or 55 cents off when you buy a Cookies By George reusable mug
  • Bar Teca (HUB):
    40 cent discount when you BYOM
  • Tim Horton's (ETLC):
    5 cent discount when you BYOM

Why do we not have more recycling bins on campus? Can Sustain SU get more recycling bins?

Strong efforts have geared towards having more recycling bins around the campus. During the renovations, SUB will have a number of Zero Waste stations located around the building, replacing the stand alone garbage bins. Hooray!! These stations will include receptacles for recycling, composting, and waste. To learn more about how you can help us share tips on proper waste diversion, contact Sustain SU or become a Campus Sustainability Volunteer! Applications become available in September and January.

Where can I compost on campus?

There is a black bin in the SUB food court located at the waste disposal receptacles and sink area. When dining in SUB, please dispose of food scraps here.

If you'd like to compost your household food waste and live on campus, please feel free to bring your compostables to Sustain SU's Campus Community Garden located on 89th Ave & between 110th & 111th St.

Where can I find more information regarding carpooling to campus?

www.carpool.ca Campus Sustainability Initiatives - Transportation (hosted by the Office of Sustainability)

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Sustain SU Office
0-81 Student Life Central desk Lower Level
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7