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UM Sort

Use this easy tool to search for item recycling and disposal options on your campus.
Play the UM waste sorting game to 'Rethink Your Waste.'

Recycling and landfill

By using the appropriate disposal methods on campus, we can help reduce contamination in waste streams and ensure campus waste is handled in the most responsible way possible.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

These bins accept all non-woven, disposable, plastic-based masks including 3-ply surgical, dust masks, KN95, and N95 masks in addition to other disposable PPE items.

Please do not take your mask off inside to dispose of into these bins. The bins should be used to discard collections of used disposable masks that cannot and should not be worn anymore.

Fort Garry Campus locations

Bannatyne Campus locations

The full UMToday article can be found here.

ReBin (batteries, office supplies and plastic bags)

You can dispose of used batteries, small office supplies and plastic bags at the following ReBin drop-off locations:

  • Dafoe Library (Fort Garry)
  • UMSU University Centre, outside of the Bookstore (Fort Garry)
  • Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library (Bannatyne)
  • Main floor where Pathology building and Medical Science meet

Electronic waste

An electronic waste program is available for UM staff and faculty. To recycle UM-owned assets, please complete the data destruction form.

Office furniture

The ReShop is an internal exchange service to reuse office furniture at the UM. You are able to post items in your department you are looking to dispose of, or you can browse the listing to find something your office is in need of. Visit the online ReShop at

Mixed recyclables

Blue bins are located in each building to accommodate mixed container recycling. Plastic bottles #1-5 and #7 are accepted. Paper and cardboard products are also accepted. Single-use coffee cups must be thrown in landfill bins.


Items not in one of the above-listed categories must be disposed of in a landfill bin. Common items include candy wrappers, chip bags, single-use coffee cups and lids, tin foil and soiled containers.

Reducing waste on campus

There are a number of ways we can help to reduce waste as part of the UM community.

A grey surface with three different re-usable vessels for drinking coffee or water with some plant leaves decoratively laying beside them.

Use a reusable cup

Filtered, chilled water is available from bottle filling stations on campus. Bring a reusable coffee mug to any food service location to receive a discount on your beverage purchase. This not only saves you money but also reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Paper coffee cups and lids cannot be recycled; they must be thrown in the garbage.

Two reusable zippered lunch bags on a table with some sticks and plant leaves.

Switch to reusable bags

Swap out plastic bags for a reusable bag to carry lunches, books or for your shopping needs.

Pembina Hall cafeteria food in a reusable take out container

Join the reusable container program

UM Dining Services offers a reusable container program in the Pembina Hall Dining Hall. This is a simple way to reduce waste with every to-go meal, but be sure to always return your used container!

  • Shop at the UM Re-Shop

    If you are on the hunt for used file cabinets, desks or tables, come to the Re-Shop. On occasion, the shop also has bookcases, magazine racks, room dividers and an assortment of other office furnishings. The shop is open to all staff and faculty.

    Visit the UM Re-Shop online

  • UM Re-Shop
    149 Helen Glass Centre
    89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 

    Hours of operation: by appointment ONLY.
    Contact us


UM values the positive impacts of composting, which is why, in 2019, the Office of Sustainability started a volunteer-based student- and staff-run organics collection program at the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.

  • UM Composting Program

    The UM Composting Program is a small program that relies on the passion and motivation of students for weekly collection.

    As a result of COVID-19, compost collection has been put on hold until full campus occupancy is resumed, with the exception of some food services locations, which are continuing pre-consumer organics collection.

  • A large black composting bin.
  • Composting at home

    Read about what you can do at home, whether or not you have a backyard!

  • Facts and figures

    • 28 departments using the compost program
    • All Dining Service locations collect pre-consumer orgaincs
    • 40,427 kilograms of compost collected since July 2019
  • Outcomes

    • Removing 50,000 kilograms of CO2 from the air
    • Driving 222,453 fewer kilometres
    • Planting 909 tree seedlings and having them grow for 10 years


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