Paper and Plastics Recycling


The Institute’s cafeteria is equipped with waste disposal stations that include areas for:

  • Beverage
  • Paper
  • Non-beverage plastics recycling, and
  • Garbage disposal.

 Signage has been posted around the building which describes how to use the stations and what goes where for disposal.


We’re tracking how much recyclable material we’ve been able to divert from the landfill. Check back here at the end of each semester to see how we’ve been doing.

 Classroom and Labs

All classrooms and laboratories at Marine Institute campuses are equipped with recycling containers for paper products and beverage containers.

 Recycling Proceeds

Since 2003, the Marine Institute has partnered with Evergreen Recycling to recycle our beverage containers. Proceeds from the recycling of these beverage containers at the Ridge Road campus have been used to support the Campus Food Bank. So every time you put your beverage container in the blue recycling bins you’re helping students in need.

 In the past five years alone, over 300,000 beverage containers have, which is an average of 60,000 per year! This equals thousands of dollars per year for the Campus Food Bank.


Electronics Recycling

In 2013 the Institute partnered with Evergreen Recycling to securely recycle electronic waste, such as:

  • laptops
  • digital cameras
  • cell phones
  • iPods
  • printer ink cartridges, and
  • other electronics.

 Items can be dropped off at the ICT Helpdesk. Helpdesk staff can also help with any questions you have about what other types of e-waste can be dropped off.

 Hydration Stations

To reduce our use of bottled water the Institute has three chilled, filtered water stations that you can use to fill your water bottle. These can be found:

  • Near the Cafeteria on the first floor
  • In the west hallway near the washrooms on the second floor
  • In the east hallway near the computer labs on the third floor


Cafeteria and Conference Services

The MI Cafeteria has made a number of changes since 2009 to improve the environmental sustainability of the operations. These changes include:

  • Replacing Styrofoam bowls, plates and cups with a paper-based product
  • Replacing plastic cutlery with bio-degradable plastic forks, knives and spoons
  • Real dishware and cutlery are used for catered events, where possible
  • The launch of a Coffee Club program to promote the use of real mugs by offering discounted rates for coffee and tea, when you bring your own reusable mug

  Holyrood Beach

The Institute has adopted the Holyrood Beach through MI OceanNet’s Friends of the Beaches Network and has organized clean-ups of the beach and surrounding area since 2010. 


 World Water Day

On March 21, 2014, in partnership with the School of Fisheries, the Marine Institute Sustainability Committee sponsored an event to celebrate World Water Day. The event featured exhibits and displays from our Marine Environmental and Water Quality students, MI International, and the City of St. John's, and raised awareness of the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. World Water Day celebrations will be an annual event at the Marine Institute.


 If you would like more information on any of these initiatives or would like to become involved, please contact the MI Sustainability Committee.