Waste Management


New Waste Bin Signage

The Sustainability Office in partnership with the Sustainability Initiatives Fund have brought a fresh new look to waste bins across Fennell Campus. The updated signage helps better educate users on where their waste goes.

Mohawk College Sustainability Poster Plastic, Cans + Glass Recycling Put your waste in its place

Mohawk College Sustainability Poster Paper Recycling Put your waste in its place

Mohawk College Sustainability Poster Non Recyclable Waste Put your waste in its place








The design, planning and implementation of this project are a joint effort of the Sustainability Office, Waste Management and the Sustainability Initiatives Fund Committee.


Mohawk College Sustainability Lug A Mug Two Mugs

The Sustainability Office in partnership with Environmentally Committed Organization of Students (ECOS) hosts regular Lug-a-Mug events! They are designed to educate staff and students about the negative environmental impact of disposable cups on campus, and encourage the use of reusable mugs!

Did you know: Many coffee cups contain a material called polyethylene. This material prevents liquid from leaking through the paper cup, but it also causes the cup to become unrecyclable!

Instead save 25¢ every time you use a reusable mug on campus!

Plastic Waste

Mohawk College Sustainability Three Metal Water Bottles of Various Colours

In 2013 and in direct alignment with the Environmental Management Plan, Mohawk College issued a policy to help reduce Mohawk’s carbon footprint. The single-use plastic policy (opens PDF, 52kb) aims at lowering waste management costs associated with the disposal of single use plastics.

Refillable water stations have been installed around the college at Fennell, Stoney Creek, and the Institute of Applied Health Sciences at McMaster campus to encourage the use of reusable water bottles.

Did you know: Over 370,000 visits to water refill stations were made in 2013/2014!

Use your refillable water bottle while you’re on campus!

Electronic Waste

Mohawk College Sustainability E-Waste Logo

Program Overview

A three way partnership between the Sustainability Office, the Mohawk College IT Department and the Mohawk Students' Association (MSA). Through this partnership, we have developed two different programs. They are as follows:

Students, Staff and Faculty

On-campus Electronic Waste disposal stations provide students, staff and faculty the opportunity to recycle personal electronic waste. Greentec will then pay per pound of e-Waste collected in the bins. The Sustainability Office and the MSA will use this small revenue stream to support student-led sustainability initiative, ECOS (Environmentally Committed Organization of Students).

IT Department

Greentec will work with the IT Department to recycle all E-Waste generated by the College. The price will be set on a per cleanup basis, based on the monthly scrap prices. Collection price to be determined by Greentec and the IT department.

Check out a list of acceptable and unacceptable items (opens PDF, 201kb)

Year-round Drop off Locations

  • Fennell Campus, Facilities & Property Management - C066

  • Stoney Creek Campus - Awareness Theatre

Mohawk College Sustainability Two E-Waste Bins at the College

Battery Recycling Program

The Sustainability Office has teamed up with Raw Materials Company Inc. (RMC) (opens new window) to re-launch the on-campus battery recycling program. All staff, students, and faculty are encouraged to bring their used batteries to any of the specified locations, listed below and we will ensure they are recycled properly.

Mohawk College Sustainability Battery Recycling Drop-off Bucket

Battery collection is available at the following locations:

  • C066 - By the bookstore

  • G109 - MSA Office

  • H101 - Library

  • IT Help Desk

  • Residence Front Desk

  • A103 - Sustainability Office

  • A114 - Aboriginal Student Services Office

  • E305A – E-Wing Labs

  • F174 – Media Equipment Office

  • F114C – MCACES

  • B106 – Automotive Department

Acceptable Batteries:

  • Single-use batteries

  • Lithium batteries

  • Button cell batteries

  • Car batteries

  • Corroded or leaking batteries

  • Rechargeable batteries

For more information regarding Raw Materials and the process: