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Managing Waste at UNB

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At UNB our first priority of waste management is reducing the amount of waste we produce. If we all take action and refuse products we do not need, reduce our consumption where possible and reuse what we can, there will be less waste to recycle or send to rot in the landfill.

Recycling at UNB

At this time, on the UNB Fredericton campus, there are opportunities to recycle paper, refundables, and electronics. We encourage UNB community members to recycle what is possible on campus, and utilize external recycling options for the remainder of your waste.

recycling paper at UNB

  • White and coloured paper
  • Cardboard
  • Paperback books
  • Newspapers
  • Flyers
  • Boxboard
  • Phonebooks
  • Magazines
  • Notebooks (with metal removed)

recycling refundables at UNB

  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass beverage bottles
  • Plastic beverage bottles and jugs
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes, pouches, and steel cans

waste at UNB

  • Tim Horton's cups
  • Foil-lined food wrappers (on granola bars, chip bags)
  • Soiled paper and cardboard
  • Non-recyclable plastics (bubble wrap, cling wrap)
  • Tissues and paper towel
  • Glass  (except bottles)

Plastic Recycling

Although UNB does not offer plastic recycling stations at this time, and all plastic must be sorted as waste on campsus, there are other options for dealing with your recyclable plastics.

  • Take your plastic recyclables home to your blue bin for curbside pickup. Plastics labeled 1 through 7 are recyclable in Fredericton. 
  • Put a personal or communal plastics bin in your office and take it home to recycle once full.
  • Take your plastic recycling to one of Fredericton's recycling drop locations (232 Rookwood Ave, Brookside Mall, and Willie O’Ree Place parking lot).


Composting is not offered by the city of Fredericton, and UNB does not currently have the capacity to process compost, therefor food must be sorted as waste on campus. However, we encourage you to use alternative methods of composting.

  • Bring home your daily organic waste and place it in your backyard composter.
  • Take your organics home and compost them through a private composting service, such as Greensteps.
  • Ask to bring your home compost to a community garden or local farm who will put your organic waste to use.

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