Our Waste Problem

Our daily activities at home, on campus or at workplace often produce waste. The problem of waste is growing quickly both locally and globally. It is up to us to decide how we can take action to deal with it.

According to Statistics Canada, Canadians disposed of 25 million metric tons of waste in 2016. Ontario produced 9.5 million tons of waste. On average, each person in Ontario produced 670 kg of solid waste, which is equivalent to two thirds of a ton for the whole year. Of the total waste produced, only 30% was recycled.

There are more than 7 billion people living on this planet. According to Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, the world population will likely add 3 billion people to its existing 7 billion in the next four decades. That is, we will likely reach 10 billion by 2050.

With rapidly growing population and rising consumption of the depleting resources in both developed and developing countries, a large amount of waste is generated and sent to overburdened landfills, which leads to problems such as contamination of soil and underground water, health hazards to humans and the emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Sheridan has been making significant progress since we introduced the Zero Waste program in all campuses in 2014. We reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill in 2018 by 44% compared to 2014. We also reduced the total amount of waste by 17% during the same period of time.