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Case Studies

The Case Studies section is a curated page of all of Busch Systems recycling spotlights, waste audits and case studies. Download some case studies to find out how recycling can help you and the environment!

Year: 2019


Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Description: Busch Systems partnered with IUPUI (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis) to study the effectiveness of a new deskside recycling and waste collection system. With the previous deskside program, staff had a waste bin and only received a recycling bin if requested. The new arrangement included a regular size 14 – quart recycling basket along with a small 2-quart hanging waste basket. Switching to the new deskside arrangement improved employee acceptance towards recycling, increased recycling rates as much as 130% and saved IUPUI $30,000 annually!

Year: 2019

The City of Regina

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

Description: The City of Regina piloted a new recycling program at 12 pilot facilities across the city to see the impact new infrastructure had on diversion rates. There were three variations of the program implemented at these different municipal buildings, that included City Hall, Leisure Centers, and the Public Works Yard. With the new infrastructure and education campaign, diversion rates increased from 10% to 49% in only 3 months! This program was introduced to the City with the tagline “Let’s Green Our Routine,” with a message of it not only being about new bins and streams, but making better choices to reduce overall consumption.

Year: 2019

The City of Brantford Canada Day Festival

Location: Brantford, Ontario

Description: The City of Brantford conducted a waste audit at their annual Canada Day festival, which sees about 10,000 attendees pass through the gate each year. Over the past two years, the festival has implemented a recycling and organics program which has increased diversion rates from 0% to 54.6%! Green Team volunteers from the festival weighed the overall amounts of waste, recycling and compost that was generated at the event. The festival also had volunteers stationed at the containers to help attendees to sort their materials, and promoted the new waste management program from the stage.

Year: 2019

The Sandbox Centre

Location: Barrie, Ontario

Description: To support The Sandbox Centre’s efforts in being a Green Office, a solid waste audit was conducted in June 2019 following a public event. The audit assessed waste profile composition, common contaminants, and average diversion rate. Data revealed 1/3 of material generated at the event was organic material uncovering an opportunity to improve waste diversion. It was also observed that signage could be improved to better communicate proper sorting to decrease contamination levels.

Year: 2018

McMaster University

Location: Hamilton, Ontario

Description: A solid waste audit was completed at McMaster University by Busch Systems employees and school staff members from December 5th to December 7th 2018. The purpose of this audit was to analyze and understand the contents of refuse generation within the university’s residence halls. Specifically, differences in the diversion rate of a residence building that recently implemented organics collection, and compared to a residence hall without organic collection.

Year: 2018

SummerFolk Festival

Location: Owen Sound, Ontario

Description: The SummerFolk Festival is held at Kelso Beach Park, during August in Owen Sound Ontario. For this year’s 43rd SummerFolk, organizers partnered with the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network and Busch Systems to assist with a waste audit at the festival. The audit was performed during the festival with the primary goal of establishing a baseline of the current diversion rate and stream composition. During the entire festival 4,014 lbs. of refuse was generated. The SummerFolk Festival baseline diversion rate was 38%. This report reviews how much refuse was produced, where in the festival grounds and at what time. This report provides recommendations on how SummerFolk can work to achieve an 80% diversion rate or higher similar to other successful festivals.

Year: 2018

Suite Success

Location: Barrie, Ontario

Description: Suite Success implemented a new green initiative in 2018 with the ultimate goal of going zero waste. With the help of Busch Systems and the Resource Center, Suite Success is on target to hitting their goal! Learn more about their sustainability journey.

Year: 2018

Unity College

Location: Unity, Maine

Description: Unity College was the first college in the United States to base its curriculum on a framework of sustainability science. Learn how implementing Busch Systems recycling, waste and organics bins helped Unity increase their diversion rate to almost 49%!

Year: 2016

City of Vancouver

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: The City of Vancouver began with a target of reducing solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels by 2020. In 2013, they were almost half way to their goal, having reduced waste by 23%. Busch Systems was able to help with our innovative container solutions. Vancouver uses the Waste Watcher Series across several counties, colleges, school districts, health units and more to provide a consistent look and feel to their collection programs. This means that users in any of these locations know what to expect when trying to recycle. For their outdoor needs, the City of Vancouver worked with Busch Systems to create a new custom container that met all of their functional and design needs. They knew what they wanted, and Busch knew how to make what they needed. Some consistent items (like color and verbiage) allows the repetition found in the Waste Watchers to extend to the new outdoor container.

Year: 2016

University of Manitoba

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Description: University of Manitoba transitioned their campus receptacles to Busch Systems Waste watchers, hanging Waste Baskets & 65 Gallon Carts. The transition resulted in a diversion increase of 52%! Learn more by reading the full case study.

Year: 2015

Keep America Beautiful

Locations: Atlanta, Boston, Houston and San Diego

Description: A study commissioned by Keep America Beautiful, sponsored by PepsiCo, using Busch Systems Hanging Waste Baskets, showed using these containers at work desks decreases contamination in recycling bin by 20%! Learn more statistics from this research study.

Year: 2014

Oregon State University

Location: Corvallis, Oregon

Description: Oregon State University worked with Busch Systems to create an “All In The Hall” three-stream program consisting of paper recycling, container recycling and waste. Learn how this new program decreased their contamination rate and increase their diversion rate!