Waste management

UNB strives to divert its waste from the landfill through recycling. UNB has identified challenges with the current Waste Management Plan that limits our ability to maximize its diversion rate.

To develop a Waste Management Plan, UNB Sustainability audited the waste of selected buildings to gain initial baseline waste data. This data showed that:

  • 30% of material in the trash could have been recycled
  • Over 80% of the trash was collected from single stream trash bins

Centrally-located waste bins

An emerging trend at other institutions aiming to increase their diversion rates is to provide centrally located waste bins that allow individuals to sort their trash based on a three stream system: garbage, paper and refundable materials. This approach provides people streaming options when disposing of waste.

Three-stream waste management system

UNB has a three-stream waste management system: Garbage, paper and refundable material. Our challenge is only 3% of our bins are the three stream system, the remaining 97% are single stream bins (Residence buildings were excluded from this audit). The lack of availability of three stream bins does not allow our campus community to make sustainable choices when disposing of used materials.

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, therefore 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.