Waste Management

OCAD University community is encouraged to discard all recycled material in the designated recycling boxes. Custodial staff is responsible for garbage and recycling bins 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 is disposed of in central trash receptacles in common areas to discourage the spread of vermin.

We recycle

  • Paper, newsprint, corrugated cardboard, all plastic containers, tin, steel, aluminum cans, aluminum foil, plates, Tetra packs, all plastic bags and glass bottles.
  • Containers in the trunk ways construction, demolition waste, paint and white goods.
  • Co-mingle plastic, cans, glass and cartons.
  • Blue bins are available all across campus. To request bins please email workrequest@ocadu.ca
  • Please label all boxes prior to placement for collection.
  • Non-recyclable material should be placed in regular garbage.

If you are interested in shredding services, please email workrequest@ocadu.ca for a quotation.


Types of batteries collected: AA, AAA,C, D etc.
Batteries can be delivered to and dropped off in Distribution Services located at (MCA 239) 100 McCaul Street, Level 2.


E-waste is collected, wiped of data and transported to the e-waste disposal cage located inside 100 McCaul Street ( 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 & Studio Services handles the transportation of dangerous goods and the removal of hazardous waste on campus in an environmentally responsible manner; maintaining compliance that 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  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 is available to the designated destination.

Personal protective equipment
Distribution Services staff is required to use the required personal protective equipment while receiving and transporting  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 waste for processing disposal.