Waste Management for the Vancouver 2014 Games

Special Olympics 2014 Summer Games Waste Management Team. Our team, minus Wilford.

Special Olympics 2014 Summer Games Waste Management Team. Our team, minus Wilford.

Student team: Gurleen Boparai, Wilford Lam, Cho Wing (Susan) Lau, Ann Lee, Leng Hue (Caitlyn) Sio, Lydia Wong, Ricky Zhong. 3rd year students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

We are the Special Olympic Canada 2014 Summer Games Waste Management Team from the course LFS 350 and supported the SEEDS program. Our project was  to develop a set of guidelines for food vendors aimed primarily at reducing waste that heads to the landfill. We believe that by implementing our guidelines, this will help set a new standard and regulations for external food vendors coming into UBC. The guidelines work by helping food vendors differentiate which materials are acceptable and unacceptable at UBC. Through this, materials that normally head to the landfill are avoided onsite and materials that can be composted and recycled are encouraged. These guidelines allow food vendors avoid confusion about where their waste ends up in the waste stream. We hope that this project will help the 2014 Games in becoming a ‘zero waste’ event!