Biz/TechNorthStudents find new ways to recycle at Humber sustainability event

patrick simpsonApril 1, 20197 min

Patrick Simpson, Biz/Tech Reporter

At Humber College’s Amazing Waste Race event, students were tasked with sorting and recycling trash to help inform attendees about the school’s waste management protocol.

Students could pick from five common trash items, from coffee cups and disposable coffee pods to plastic straws and paper plates. The event was to see if students at Humber knew which item was trash and which could be recycled.

The March 26 event was part of the Office of Sustainability’s Earth Week, a series of events hosted every year at the college. The week involves several green events to raise awareness on various environment based initiatives.

Tania Syeta, a second-year Cosmetics student (left), deciding which bin plastic straws go in at the Humber College’s Amazing Waste Race event on March 26, 2019. (Patrick Simpson).

Tayler Buchanan, the communications and events coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, said the Amazing Waste Race was meant to act as a guide to teach students what can and cannot be recycled at the college.

“There’s a large misconception about waste, what you can recycle what you cannot recycle,” she said. “And it’s also different in every municipality. So we’re really trying to encourage the proper way to recycle at Humber as well as for the city of Toronto.”

Grace Stenbern, a first-year Media Foundations student, took part in the green event and said events like these are a good way to raise awareness on recycling.

“It was fun, I can recycle a lot better than I thought,” Stenbern said.

Tania Syeta, a second-year Cosmetics student, said the event was a good learning experience.

“It was really good. It was like learning and teaching people what’s recyclable and what’s waste,” she said.

Daniel Bielak, a third-year Business student at the University of Guelph-Humber, said the Amazing Waste Race was helpful in determining what actually can be recycled.

“I thought I knew what was recyclable, but I don’t. So now I know what is and what isn’t,” he said.

Bielak was one of several students that got a chance to ride one of the electric scooters at the event. Those attending the event were allowed to try the motorized vehicle after participating in the waste management challenge.

The scooters were meant to promote sustainable transportation at Humber, one of the themes of the Amazing Waste Race event.

David Bielak, third-year Business student at the University of Guelph-Humber, riding a electronic scooter at the Amazing Waste Race event at Humber College on March 26, 2019. (Patrick Simpson).

The Office of Sustainability teamed up with various businesses like Metrolinx, Bramptom Transit and Enterprise Car Share in an effort to promote more environmentally friendly ways to get to school.

“We’ve recently been planning our next five year strategic plan, and when we talk to students, and we’ve talked to hundreds, probably thousands of students, staff and faculty, and one of the things that came up most was sustainable transportation,” Buchanan said.

“People are looking for more options and different options to get here,” she said.

The Amazing Waste Race wasn’t the only event promoting green
initiatives this week. The Office of Sustainability and Humber College put on a number of events in the spirit of Earth Week.

An EV Test Drive event which allowed students to sign up and test drive an electronic vehicle on March 25. The college had a campus clean up which was held at both North and Lakeshore campuses on March 29.