CUCCR (Concordia University’s Center for Creative Reuse) is dedicated to diverting materials from inside Concordia’s waste-stream and offering them to the general community free of cost. Currently located in the zero-level basement of the Hall Building.
When we first opened in March of 2017 we were unsure of the scale of our potential impact, what types of materials will be donated and will that material get used by the community. We were concerned that people wouldn’t be able to find us or they wouldn’t be interested in going out of their way. Yet in our first year of operation we have vastly exceeded our own expectations! Originally funded by the Big Hairy Idea competition held by CCSL and the Sustainability Action Fund and with great support from EHS and Facilities Management we converted a 800sq/ft storage cage in the 0 level of the Hall building basement into a bright and inviting place to visit.
Our space currently features a variety of material storage and displays that showcase the diverse materials coming out of offices, departments, studios and labs on our campus. A variety of wood, glass, metal, fibers, office supplies, plastics, paper, tools and equipment, and arts & crafts supplies fill the shelves.
You will also find a member registration station and a check-out system that sends real-time statistics on waste diversion, money saved, and membership breakdown to the website. We have grown significantly in our first year of operation, we have over 1,400 members, saving them approximately $85,000, while diverting 8.4 tonnes of free materials from Concordia’s waste-stream. See our live stats on our metrics page.
CUCCR is a multi stakeholder project and we need everyone’s help! Join us and become a member. Our membership is free, and open to anyone and everyone. You can sign up in person and online on our membership page. Want to get more involved? Volunteer in the depot, become a sustainability ambassador to help with reclaim-a-thon and set up a donation bin in your area, advocate for us within your department or area of the university, or contribute financially.
By Anna Timm-Bottos