Apr / 5

Way-2-Go SURP!

Poster - Spring 2015 wrap-up and waste audit results


Great work SURP, we’ve improved! The Winter Waste Audit Results are in and the this winter’s results show that contamination rates are down and SURP s improving it’s waste management!

Comparative results summary:

  • 75% of winter waste V.S. 27% of Fall waste was sorted correctly
  • 35% of winter waste VS. 9% of Fall waste was diverted from landfill
  • 16% of winter waste VS. 35% of Fall waste was spoiled and contaminated

The 2014-2015 waste audit projects have been a success and our informative label pilot project has positively impacted SURP waste management.

Join us Next year to continue working toward a more sustainable school environment!


Mar / 5

Winter 2015 Waste Audit



Sustainable SURP is under way of the Winter 2015 waste audit. The team of student volunteers have been busy this week sorting through SURP waste to collect valuable data about student habits and contamination rates. Our goal this March is to evaluate SURP waste for changes in response to our new signage. Check back for updates and results!

Waste auditors (left to right) : Andrew, Emily, Neil, Graham, Darrin)

Jan / 10

Fall 2014 Waste Audit Results

Last fall, Sustainable SURP with the help of dedicated volunteers from the School of Urban and Regional Planning conducted a waste audit of the 3rd and 4th floors of the South Bond Building. The results revealed that there is much room for improvement for the school to be more environmentally responsible. Each individual has an impact on our waste levels and can make a difference by making the effort to “trash responsibly.”


Left to right: Elisa, Victor, Casey, Bri, Urvi, Alex, Ian


Elisa and Victor weighing the waste


Left (Casey); Center (Bri having the time of her life); Right (Ian)


Left to right: Casey, Alex, Kyra


Left to right: Graham, Bri, Elisa



While we have the receptacles in place to recycle, the results of the audit show that we have work to do to increase our diversion rate, and to incorporate organic waste management into our practices at SURP.


  • Approximately 73.5 lbs of total waste was collected over one week.
  • Approximately 33% of total wastes were recyclable.
    • Only 27% of recyclable waste was properly sorted.
    • Therefore, only 9% of waste was properly diverted from landfill.
    • 35% of the recyclable bins were contaminated by waste.

Can you guess how many coffee cups this is? Answer: 35.


More waste


  • 37% of total wastes were compostable (food wastes and compostable paper).
  • If SURP were to adopt a composting program, up to 70% of waste materials (organics, compostable food packaging, etc. in addition to recyclable materials) could be diverted from landfill.

Waste Station Poster - Winter 2015

Now what?

Sustainable SURP will be continuing this waste project into Winter 2015. We plan to introduce a new labeling system to help ameliorate the waste and recycle levels. In addition, we will conduct another waste audit. We will be looking for volunteers like you, so please stay tuned.

Nov / 9

November 12: Elections & Waste Audit Volunteer Appreciation

Please join Sustainable SURP’s next meeting on Wednesday, November 12 @ 12pm-1pm. In this meeting we will cover the following:


  • Waste Audit Volunteer Appreciation and Results

A huge thank you to all those who came out super early in the beginning of October to sort, weigh and record garbage. It was great to see our SURP community in action. We will be having a volunteer appreciation and discussing the waste audit results. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP at sustainable.surp@ryerson.ca.


  • Upcoming Projects in Winter 2015

Since we have gathered baseline data of SURP’s waste production, we will be looking into implementing an effective labeling system that will potentially help sort waste and recyclable material a whole lot better!

This will be followed by… another waste audit in March 2015! We will determine if the new labels had any effect on the waste and recycling diversion rates.


  • Sustainable SURP Election

In addition to our waste audit results, we will also be holding elections for Sustainable SURP positions! We are looking to fill positions who will work with the existing project coordinators. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the school, meet fellow classmates and improve your leadership skills.

We are filling the following positions starting in November 2014 to April 2015:

  • TWO (2) Undergraduate Project Coordinators
  • ONE (1) Graduate Project Coordinator

The expectations and roles of the project coordinators is the following:

  • Foster and promote sustainability initiatives within SURP
  • Hold at least one Sustainable SURP group meeting per month or more as per necessary with upcoming projects
  • Complete at least one project/event per semester
  • Attend all internal project coordinator meetings (as needed basis)
  • Organize projects, events and meetings:
    • Provide communication and direction to Sustainable SURP members and the SURP community (send out e-mail, social media and Sustainable SURP website communication)
    • Recruit and coordinate volunteers as necessary
    • Liaise with SURP faculty, staff, RAPS and RPGSA as necessary
    • Partner with appropriate groups such as the Office of Facilities and Sustainability and other student groups with values in sustainability
    • Submit sponsorship applications for funding to the Ryerson Student Union and Office of Facilities and Sustainability

If you are interested in running for a position, please e-mail sustainable.surp@ryerson.ca to express your interest before November 5, 2014 @ 11:59pm. [Call for candidates has closed]. 


Sep / 20

September 25: Waste Audit Training

Sustainable SURP will be conducting a waste audit of our school department. We will be sorting and weighing the waste that us students, faculty and staff produce within our department.

Why are we doing an audit?

Before we can implement any waste reducing projects, we need to find out what kind and how much waste we currently produce.

When is the audit?

The waste audit will occur from 7:45 am to 9am every morning from Tuesday, September 30 to Monday, October 3 (excluding the weekend). We will meet at 7:45am sharp to set up and start the waste audit in Victoria Lane.

Digging through trash is my favourite past time. How do I sign up?

There are sorting, weighing and recording volunteer positions available. Please e-mail sustainable.surp@ryerson.ca to sign up.

Training session for the waste audit:

There will be a waste audit training session on Thursday, September 25 on the fourth floor by the elevator from 12:00pm to 12:45pm. We will discuss the procedure and then walk over to Victoria Lane. When signing up to volunteer, please indicate if you can make the training session (e-mail sustainable.surp@ryerson.ca).

Keep calm and recycle on!