New hallway waste bin infrastructure in University Centre

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Use this easy tool to search for item recycling and disposal options on your campus.
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Waste streams

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

Please visit the UMToday article for more information.

Organics (post-consumer)

UM values the positive impacts of composting and is in the process of implementing a multi-phase plan to introduce new organics collection infrastructure in hallways across all buildings at the University. These bins accept the following materials:

  • Any animal and non-animal food scraps including bones, dairy, fruits, vegetables, eggshell, bread, nut shells, cereal, coffee grounds and filters, tea leaves and paper tea bags, parchment paper, paper towel
  • Leaves, cut plants, bird feed, ash and charcoal, wood
  • Shredded paper, food-soiled paper and cardboard, black and white newspaper
  • Compostable packaging, dishware, bags (not biodegradable)

Fort Garry Campus locations

Please visit the UMToday article for more information.

Facts and figures

  • All Dining Service locations collect pre-consumer orgaincs
  • 58,701 kilograms of compost collected since July 2019


  • Removing 81,000 kilograms of CO2 from the air
  • Driving 323,573 fewer kilometres
  • Planting 1,339 tree seedlings and having them grow for 10 years

Composting from home

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

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.

ReShop (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 listings to find something your office is in need of such as file cabinets, desks or tables, bookcases, magazine racks, room dividers and an assortment of other office furnishings.

Visit the UM Re-Shop online

149 Helen Glass Centre
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 

Hours of operation: by appointment ONLY.
Contact us

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.


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!


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