Waste Management

OCAD University community are encouraged to discard all recycled material in the designated recycling boxes. Custodial staff are responsible for wastebaskets for the campus offices, classrooms, studios and hallways. Trash is removed daily in common areas and weekly in private offices. Disposal of food waste in private offices is discouraged. It is recommended that all food waste consumed in private offices are disposed of in central trash containers in common areas to discourage the spread of vermin.

We recycle

  • Paper, newsprint, corrugated cardboard beverage containers, all plastic containers, tin, steel and aluminum cans; aluminium foil, plates, Tetra packs, all plastic bags, glass bottles and containers in the trunk ways construction and demolition waste, paint, white goods.
  • Co-mingle plastic, cans, glass and cartons.
  • Blue bins are available all across campus.
  • Please label all over boxes prior to placement for collection.
  • Recyclable material should be placed in regular garbage and exterior waste removal in the landfill waste.


Types of batteries collected: AA, AAA,C, D etc.
Batteries can be delivered to and dropped off in Distribution Services (100 McCaul St.)


E-waste are collected, wiped of data and transported to e-waste disposal cage located inside 100 McCaul, at the loading dock entrance/exit.

Surplus furniture

Excess furniture is temporarily stored and redeployed. Please send your requests to workrequest@ocadu.ca.

Hazardous waste

Facilities, Planning & Management handles the transport of dangerous goods and the removal of hazardous wastes on campus in an environmentally responsible manner; maintaining compliance and is governed by legislative requirements contained within the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, as well as the fire and building codes.

The Distribution Services team, under the supervision of Manager, Campus Operations, are the only individuals authorized to receive and transport dangerous goods and in the removal of hazardous waste materials.


All chemicals/dangerous goods arriving at the university's receiving dock must have the proper documentation, including MSDS, bill of lading and other required information.

All chemicals/dangerous goods arriving at the university's receiving dock must have the proper safety markers, labels and placards for packages, trucks and containers.

All chemicals/dangerous goods arriving at the university's receiving dock are carefully examined to ensure they are intact and in good condition (e.g., no leaks, package tears, etc.) before they are allowed to be brought into the building.

Packages or containers damaged or missing the proper documentation, bill of lading, MSDS and/or other required information will not be allowed to be brought into the premises and will be returned to the sender. 

Distribution process
All chemicals/dangerous goods arriving on site are required to immediately be delivered to the designated destination or stored temporarily in the Chemical Storage Room for a maximum of 48 hours until the appropriate delivery to the designated destination.

Personal protective equipment
Distribution Services staff are required to use the required personal protective equipment in the receiving and transport of goods on campus.

Chemical request process
All requests for any chemical stored in the Chemical Storage Room on campus are arranged through Distribution Services using the attached Request for Chemical Form.

Hazardous waste disposal request
All chemicals on campus are disposed of through Distribution Services using the Request for Disposal Form.

It is each department’s responsibility to ensure  waste is properly packaged, identified and labelled before Distribution Services will accept the waste for processing disposal.