Waste and Recycling

recycling bins at mohawk

Rethinking waste on campus

Mohawk's waste programs are aimed at reducing the total amount of waste and recycling generated on campus while maintaining strong diversion rates.

Waste Reduction 

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 Plastics Policy [opens PDF] 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.

Waste Diversion

Mohawk measures its waste diversion by tracking the weights of materials sent to landfills versus those sent to recycling or compost facilities. These numbers can be found in our annual third-party waste audit reports. Our Waste Reduction Workplans can be found in Appendix III:




Green Bin/Composting

Recycling Logo

In 2018, 52% of Mohawk College’s waste to landfill was food and organic wastes (Fennell Campus). Addressing food and organic waste on campus is an important part of reducing waste created on campus. If you are eating in the C-Wing Cafeteria, there are large roll-off green/compost bins in the seating area. Find them near the Tim Hortons and the dishwashing station.

As well, much of our composting is done behind the scenes in the kitchens. They dispose of pre-consumer food such as food preparation scraps.

There are many environmental benefits of diverting organics and food wastes, including:

  • Reduction of methane emissions
  • Decreased leachate from landfills
  • Production of valuable compost and renewable energy

Coffee Cup Recycling Bins

coffee recycling bin

With the help of Facility Services, the Sustainability Office has implemented specialized coffee cup recycling bins around Fennell campus as part of a pilot project. These yellow bins are specifically designed for the disposable coffee cups and collect every aspect of the cup including the lid, sleeve, and liquid. The bins can be found around food services areas such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks and the Cafeteria in C-Wing. Follow the instructions on the bin to help put waste in its place:

  1. Pour leftover coffee into the right receptacle.
  2. Remove lid from cup and place into the left receptacle.
  3. Place cup and sleeve into the middle receptacle.
  4. Give yourself a high-five!

Electronic Waste


The proper collection, reuse and recycling of electronic materials and equipment is an important part of environmental stewardship. Anything from televisions, monitors, cell phones and non-cellular phones, desktop computers, keyboard, etc. can be recycled, reused or repurposed.

Electronic Waste Collection

In partnership with Revolution Recycling, we offer a year-round electronic recycling service that is available for all students, staff and faculty to use.

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the disposer to remove or destroy any confidential information from electronic devices. College computer equipment is exempt from collection. All Mohawk College IT Assets must be disposed of directly by the IT department.


Year-round Drop-off Locations

  • Fennell Campus: Located in the hallway between the Campus Bookstore (C068) and the cafeteria


What we accept:

Acceptable Electronic Waste Non-acceptable Electronic Waste
Computer Equipment (Desktop/Laptop) Bio & Hazardous Waste/Sharps
Computer Peripherals (Mouse, Keyboard, etc.) Chemical Waste
Mini & Micro Computers Air Conditioners & Water Coolers
Cell phones/MP3's Gas Powered Equipment
Monitors & TVs (Up to 29") Ballasts (PCB)
Tablets, PDAs/Digital Cameras & Power Supplies Paint & Aerosol Cans
Printed Circuit Boards (All) Medication
Hard/Disk Drives, CD-ROM Drives  
Cables & Wires  
Landline/Cordless Telephones, Pagers  
Printers, Fax machines, Copiers (Under 90 kgs)  
Projectors, Video Players/Recorders  
Amplifiers, Pre-Amplifiers, Equalizers  
Radios, Speakers, Turntables  
Audio Players/Recorders  
Smoke Detectors  
Microwaves, Toaster Ovens & Vacuum Cleaners  
Print Cartridges (in sealed bag or box)  

Please do not remove items from this bin.

Have a Question? E-mail sustainability [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Battery Collection

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

Battery collection is available at Fennell Campus:

  • In the hallway between the Campus Bookstore (C068) and the cafeteria (located beside the e-waste bin)

  • Across from C008 (in seating alcove)

Acceptable Batteries:

  • Single-use batteries (place tape over terminals)
    • Alkaline Batteries
    • 6 Volt
    • 9 Volt
    • AA, AAA, C, D
  • Lithium batteries (tape terminals)
  • Button cell batteries (tape terminals)
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Corroded, leaking batteries and damaged (placed in a bag)


For more information on how to prepare your batteries for recycling, please visit https://www.rawmaterials.com/page/education/prepare-batteries/